I’ve been hearing some buzz lately…
…about these handy-dandy soil block thingies that people are using to start their seeds.
I’ve been pretty loyal to my nifty little newspaper pots for a while now, but being the
nosy curious homesteader that I am, I just had to check out these new pots on the block. (Sorry… I couldn’t help myself)
My initial detective work led me to this soil block maker on Amazon for $30 (affiliate link). It has good reviews, and a lot of people seem to be having success with it, so it’s definitely an option.
But then the DIY-side of my brain kicked into gear and I started scheming about how I could make one of these oh-so-trendy soil block makers myself.
So that’s what we are doing here today–and there are two different styles you can choose from. The first one (the classy tin can model) was my project on Sunday afternoon. I like that one because it’s super simple and super cheap. But then hubby came along and decided he could make it even better, so I’m including his version as well. I actually like his design better, but don’t tell him I said that…
DIY Soil Block Maker (the classy tin can version)
You will need:
- An empty tin can (I think the one I used was the 15 oz size–or something like that)
- A chunk of dowel or a round/square wooden stick of some sort (scrap lumber is great)
- A screw (or two)
- Potting soil
- A pan/tray to hold the blocks
Remove both ends from the can. You’ll need to save one end, but you can toss the other one.
Attach the lid of the can to the dowel/stick with the screw. We drilled a guide hole first, and then screwed it together.… [Continue Reading]