Sustainable Farming: 5 Benefits of Soil Blocking
Soil blocking is an innovative seed-starting method that has been gaining popularity among gardeners in recent years. It involves using a special soil block maker to create blocks of soil that serve as both the container and growing medium for seedlings. Here are some benefits to using this method:
Eco-Friendly: Soil blocking is an environmentally friendly seed-starting method as it eliminates the need for plastic pots and seed trays, reducing plastic waste.
Saves Space: Soil blocks take up less space than traditional seed-starting methods, as they can be placed closely together on a tray, allowing you to grow more plants in a smaller area.
Air Pruning: The soil blocks promote air pruning, which encourages root development and prevents root circling, resulting in healthier, more vigorous plants.
Less Transplant Shock: Seedlings started in soil blocks can be transplanted directly into the garden, eliminating transplant shock that can occur when transplanting seedlings started in plastic pots.
Cost-effective: Although soil blocking requires an initial investment in a soil block maker, over time it can be a cost-effective method as you won't need to continually buy plastic pots or seed trays.
By using soil blocking, you can start your seeds in an eco-friendly, cost-effective, and space-saving way, while promoting healthy plant growth. It's a win-win situation for you and the environment!