Dirt Blocker

I think I've fallen in love. Have you ever seen dirt so absolutely gorgeous? Of course not. Honestly, it's probably the bes...






I think I've fallen in love.

Have you ever seen dirt so absolutely gorgeous? Of course not. Honestly, it's probably the best smelling most wonderfully airy and easy to work with dirt I've ever used in my entire life.

The mixture is 10 lbs coco coir,  seven pounds worm castings, a half a bag of perlite, and a ton of rain water. I still found a bunch of worms in my worm castings, even though I've gone through it every day for a week picking hundreds out to put in my unfinished bin. So, as to not be completely too unkind to them I chose not to use our city water. Chlorine is horrible for them, so if any stragglers are in the blocks they'll be planted with the rest of the starts.








I used plain trays, with hardware cloth cut to fit. My goal is to let the starts air prune themselves. Reducing the number of root bound plants I have is super important to me. I want them to be as healthy as possible. 

Sybil wouldn't let me rest until we'd planted a few seeds in them. So in our very first tray we planted onions. It'll be good to get them started now, the one thing that should do reasonably well with minimal effort this early.  I'm eager to see if cococoir works well, I'm thinking so. It'll be okay if I fail, just so long as I learn from it.

Next thing I'm going to do is try to figure out my planting arrangements in my 20x75 kitchen garden. I put plastic sheeting down yesterday to smother the weeds out before spring planting.  Now would be a good time if you had a tarp or some plastic or cardboard to coverup your growing space. You don't need anything too fancy. I don't want to sacrifice my summer weeding more than I have to, and I've sure learned my lesson from last year how important it is to be as weed free as possible. 



I'm counting down the days til spring.


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