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Unread postby alokin » Mon 08 Sep 2008, 22:29:51

I found this site:

soil cuber

it's how you can make your own soil cuber
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Re: soil cube maker

Unread postby Aimrehtopyh » Mon 08 Sep 2008, 23:13:21

Brilliant, I'll be trying it next spring.

Wouldn't this thing compact the soil? How can the roots make any progress through the "rammed earth"?
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Re: soil cube maker

Unread postby SILENTTODD » Tue 09 Sep 2008, 00:15:42

Thanks for the post. I'm going to try this next year also.
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Re: soil cube maker

Unread postby South » Tue 09 Sep 2008, 00:55:12

Aimrehtopyh, as I walk down the street and see the roots that push through concret I'm thinking that compressed dirts shouldn't be a problem.

It looks pretty brilliant.
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Re: soil cube maker

Unread postby oxj » Tue 09 Sep 2008, 06:53:17

I had a difficult time trying to start seed in soil which I had gotten from my garden, which packs well but is a kind of sandy loam. Thinking about this a bit, I believe I should have mixed some peat moss into it first, because it became kind of caky and didn't hold water well enough. Seedlings would sprout rarely and then die off. I think part of it was damp off, and peat contains antimicrobials. I thank you for this device and will try it next spring.
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Re: soil cube maker

Unread postby hermit » Tue 09 Sep 2008, 14:03:59

Alokin, that's very cool... Thank you for posting.

I will be trying this next spring.
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Re: soil cube maker

Unread postby Pops » Thu 11 Sep 2008, 16:47:17

Johnyseeds has a good selection of these.

I have one that makes 3/4in cubes to start seeds. I have a 2 x 5 heat mat, with a plastic sheet and a drawn grid on top and can start somewhere around 1,000 seedlings at a time in that 2 x 5 space.
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