Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

My seeds have arrived! Anxiously awaiting one more item!!!

Posted Friday, February 14, 2020, at 8:19 AM
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    Steve if you keep going like that you'll need to get a bigger tractor!

    -- Posted by fair share on Fri, Feb 14, 2020, at 8:49 PM
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    With my supply of wood chips I hope to not till again, but the rain is job security for the tractor, keeping the driveway passable.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 15, 2020, at 4:41 AM
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    Here are some benefits of the soil blocker in general. After last year and even now I have all kinds of plastic trays. Most of them will be disposed of after I get my blocker. Yeah!

    If anyone reads this and wants to know the recipe for the soil, numerous discussion are on the internet, but if you want to discuss it here .... fire away.

    • Eliminates the need for plastic trays

    • Decreases likelihood of transplants becoming root-bound, as increased air flow between blocks "air prunes" roots

    • Creates healthier, more vigorous transplants due to oxygenated roots

    • Reduces transplant shock

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 15, 2020, at 11:25 AM
  • What is a soil blocker? Stop laughing, just let me know.HP

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Fri, Feb 21, 2020, at 2:25 PM
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    Ya know HPP, that is a question I really did not answer well so I will make another post about it with pictures.

    In the mean time, it makes cubes of soil that are compress enough to hold integrity while a seed starts and spreads roots. No pots, no overcrowding of roots and it reduces transplant shock to almost nothing if one hardens off the plants before putting outside.

    I have started in all kinds of trays and pots and almost always mess up the roots when I take them out to plant. This does usually kill them, just shocks them and sets back their growth a week or two.

    It also stops plants from getting rootbound in a pot. I am sure you’ve seen that in some plants you buy from the store. That is why traditional advice was to break up the root ball a little to stimulate new growth.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Feb 21, 2020, at 3:57 PM
  • Thank you! Looking forward to the pictures. HP

    -- Posted by horsepoopperson on Sat, Feb 22, 2020, at 5:28 PM
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