Today’s episode focuses on starting and transplanting Salanova via micro soil blocks.
Curtis will talk about how he starts Salanova lettuce using the blocks and the advantages for doing so.
We also run a quick time and cost analysis of starting lettuce in blocks versus cell trays to show the comparison.
At the end of the episode I go over a recipe to use for the micro blocker and some basic techniques for using it.
Notes from this episode:
- BUY: the micro or mini blocker that we talk about in this episode on Amazon.
- The micro blocker produces 20 3/4″ blocks per press.
- 380 blocks can fit in a standard 1020 tray.
- [BOOK] Transplants in Soil Blocks – David Tresemer (PDF)
Micro or Mini Soil Blocker
Soil Mix Recipe:
- 4 Parts Peat
- 1 Part Compost
- Both screened through a 1/4″ mesh screen.
- Approximately 2 parts water is needed to hydrate the mix.
- Rock dust, lime, fertilizer, other amendments – OPTIONAL
- Mix all ingredients.
- The mix should have the consistency of thick oatmeal. It should hold a ball shape in your and and not be dripping water unless you squeeze the ball.
- Give the water at least 15 minutes to absorb completely.
- After seeding the blocks cover with a layer of fine perilite or vermiculite.
Currently the blocker costs about $24.00 on Amazon
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