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Offline mangyhyena

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Seed blocks
« on: June 19, 2011, 01:20:10 PM »
For anyone who wants to use seed balls, like Jack has talked about, I saw an idea for making them more quickly.  The basic recipe is the same; 5 parts clay, 1 part compost, and seeds mixed with water.

Instead of forming mud balls by hand, one at a time, this guy's idea was to spread the mud out on a flat surface, then cut a grid, making seed squares.  This is just like cutting brownies.

The squares will not roll like the balls will, which should work better when seeding hills.  And, it should take less time to cut squares than roll balls one at a time.

People are using seed balls to plant crops, feed grass, and wildflowers on pieces of land overgrown with weeds without traditional tilling or planting.  It's also being used by guerilla gardeners.  If anyone here is doing this, maybe making seed squares will help make it more productive.

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Re: Seed blocks
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2012, 11:38:20 AM »
This sounds like a great idea. I am going to try it. In my seed mix will be california bay trees, roses for rose hips, concord grapes, poppies, cherry seeds, various squash, radishes, california redbud, wolfberries, etc. We'll see what comes up. Planting as a screen, wild perimeter.
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Re: Seed blocks
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2012, 03:27:06 PM »
http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-8087-hand-held-4-soil-blocker.aspx

This is what I use and it is fantatic.  Durable and solid, makes consistent blocks.  I have used their soil and made some of my own.  Once you get a good peanut butter consistency, they make solid, healthy blocks. 
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