Over nine million tons of plastic waste will be dumped in the ocean this year making up 90% of the trash floating in our seas. You can find it everywhere. If it’s not made from plastic, it’s wrapped in plastic. It will photo-degrade which means it will turn into little toxic bits of itself, but it will not biodegrade. It’s here to stay, causing deaths to marine animals, infiltrating our waterways, increasing petroleum dependence, and entering the food chain- harming human and animal health.
Soil blocking is a technique for growing seedlings without the use of plastic pots or trays. Instead, soil is formed into plantable blocks, giving seedlings an edge after transplanting and reducing plastic waste. This method of germination produces vigorous seedlings with roots that quickly reestablish growth when transplanted. Instead of becoming root bound in pots, the roots will air prune and won’t twist on themselves. Just plant the entire block straight into your garden and don’t worry about plastic waste. It’s a sustainable, environmentally-sound and cost-effective technique for planting.
Win the Mini 4 Soil Blocker by Ladbrooke!
Experience it for yourself and join Forgotten Farms on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 2-3 pm at Plenty! during the Annual Floyd County Seed Swap Potluck for our Soil Blocking 101 Workshop. Bring your own seeds or pick some up at the seed swap from 12-3 and enjoy some great food and good company. Then learn to successfully use this technique to make soil blocks for easy planting this spring and enter a drawing to win your very own Mini 4 Soil Blocker by Ladbrooke, care of Patches of Green, The Eco Logical Store!
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