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Signs of Spring — Farm Update!

March 15, 2010

I’m back in New Haven on my way to other travels, but today I got to help out our farm manager Daniel with transplanting some seedlings that will be going into beds on the Farm when spring gets a little less drizzly and a little more sunny.

Back in February, farm volunteers planted parsley, onions, and cutting celery in tiny seedblocks made with the blockmaker above. Each block is about the size of your thumb, and the little seedlings were due for a bigger place to continue growing. Here’s the parsley — aren’t they cute?

So our work today was to create normal-sized soil blocks…with tiny-sized soil block holes that our seedlings would fit into, just like a puzzle. Needless to say, it was very satisfying work.

We made sure that the manure and soil mix that we used to make the soil blocks was extra soggy, to facilitate the tiny blocks melding into the larger ones as the seedlings’ roots dig deeper. Soon these little plants will be ready to transplant into beds at the Farm!

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  1. March 16, 2010 5:33 pm

    I love this idea of how to grow the new seedlings.

    The way the blocks are set up above in the blue tray is ingenious. To create manure/soil mixture and cut the blocks out to then use the potting (starting) soil is a really awesome idea.

    Thanks for sharing this cute post.. will definitely be using this new technique in my planting for this year. 😉

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