Saturday, February 12, 2011

Micro Blocks

Yesterday I made my first batch of "micro blocks" for germination. I'm starting some lettuce, spinach, kale, leeks & scallions to go into my cold frame early, before the last frost date. I'll probably plant them in early to mid-April. I'm also giving some onions a good start before planting out.

This is my first experiment using the micro blocks. In the past, I found that germinating in the 2" blocks was inconsistent, and I ended up with empty blocks I kept replanting, and in the trays I had them in, I ended up with seedlings of different ages all mixed in. Hopefully with this method there will be less waste of the empty blocks. Starting early like this, I'll get a good trial run to see how well this method works.

They look like this:

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