So this year I’ve been doing soil blocks for my seed starting.
First off if you ever get a chance to soil block – I’d recommend it.
For those of you who actually ready this and don’t know what that is – soil block is a technique small farms use to “block” or form together a custom soil mix usually compromised of a few or many organic matter/nutrients. Predominantly made up of peat moss, it’s the binder, it ends up being very similar to peat pods(netted peat) and better yet will decompose in your garden. Although the peat pots claim the net is “biodegradable” I’ve def found them year after year in my gardens and I don’t appreciate it.
So now I soil block. And I love it! As the plants grow I can see their health as roots form out of the sides and bottoms. It’s such an interesting technique and far better than using pods, plastics, and having to continually transplant into bigger planters.
But during my moments of soil block I had that “ah ha” moment of why we need so many chemicals to control plants and their vigor and health. We are growing them up to be pansies. Essentially what I mean is we give them these pristine environments such as perfects soils, temperature controlled, available water and we don’t let them work for their lives. Then we throw them out into nature and all the sudden it’s “make it or break it day” when growing. So we throw chemicals and sprays to defend its pour immune system because up until now it has not been tested.
We as humans are doing a very similar thing to our kids. We now shelter them to never get sick and pump them full of meds and never let their immune system learn and recover. It’s all about patch work when it comes to our immune system.