1. Mix the lime into the peat moss. Wear a dust mask to avoid breathing dust from dry ingredients. A wheelbarrow is a good mixing container
2, Combine the peat-lime mixture with the coarse sand or perlite, the colloidal phosphate, and the greensand, which provides potassium and trace elements. If you're making this mix for growing larger transplants, add the blood meal, too. Leave out the blood meal if you're making small soil blocks (or germinating seeds—they don't need the extra nourishment.
Yield: About 2 bushels of planting mix
Note: To make soil blocks, Eliot recommends moistening the mix with about I part water to 3 parts mix. Spread the moistened mix on a hard surface at a depth that is thicker than the blocks you're making. Press the block-maker into the mix with a quick push, followed by a twisting motion when it hits the table surface. Then lilt the block-maker, set it
For large potting jobs, you'll need to mix a lot of soii. A wheelbarrow is the perfect container for combining ingredients to make planting mixes.
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The compost in Eliot Coleman's seed-starting mix will help prevent damping-off, a fungal disease that infects seedling stems and causes the young plants to fall over and die. Other steps to prevent damping-off include: •Providing good air circulation. Run a small fan near the pots and don't plant seeds too thickly.
into your tray and eject the blocks widi the plunger. You can set your finished soil blocks in regular plastic seedling flats or, Fliot suggests, try using plastic bread trays from a commercial bakery.
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