Potting On & An Adjustment to the Wooden Tray Length

Potting On Potting On, or transplanting seedlings from smaller pots to larger pots, is a tad different when working with soil blocks. In traditional transplanting, seedlings have to be gently removed from smaller pots, and replanted in larger pots. It involves a fair amount of handling of the plant, and requires assuring enough soil is(…)

Learning to Use a Stirrup Hoe

I’ve gotten it into my head that I’d like to work my garden entirely without the use of power tools, this year. Now that I can get into the garden (the final snow melted away on April 24), I’m attending to the weeds and grasses. This is just my third year gardening, and last year(…)

Beekeeping: Year One Lessons & Plans

Last spring I jumped into beekeeping. It wasn’t thoroughly thought out, but I have a friend who has kept bees for nearly 50 years and he assured me it was pretty trouble free. I thought it would be a good thing to help reintroduce bees, and that bees could help pollinate my growing selection of(…)

Making a Soil Block Tray

To start all of the seedlings I need for my garden and the Farmer’s Market I need a dozen seed trays, but I don’t like the price of trays in the catalogs, I don’t want to use plastic, and I don’t want either water tight trays that can flood seedlings or the open mesh trays(…)

Introduction to Soil Blocking

Soil blocking, on first exposure, was both easier and more difficult that I expected. There is a certain technique to settling the soil solidly in the forms that I haven’t quite mastered, so my blocks are a bit uneven. On several occasions I had to remake a set of blocks. There was also some tendency(…)

Maybe I Overdid the Seed Order?

Okay, so the FEDCO seeds arrived today, which means this weekend I begin sowing in seed blocks. I’ve got a lot to do: Artichokes – 2 types Beans – 3 types Beets – 2 types Broccoli – 2 types Brussels Sprouts – 1 type Cabbages – 6 types Carrots – 2 types Cauliflower – 1(…)