Soil blocks w/lettuce

Q. If you are still looking for questions to answer, I was wondering how you start seeds. I know you like avoid plastic when you can. Do you use plastic trays for seed starting?

A. For seed starting we use/makesoil blocks orAPS system. Alsonewspaper pots are great for vegetables like cucumbers, squash, corn and beans. With newspaper pots you don’t have to disturb the roots, simply place the entire “pot” in the garden. As for plastics we do try to avoid as much as; however, we do reuse/recycle plastic pots and containers.

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..”(T)he campaign against climate change is an odd one. Unlike almost all the public protests which have preceded it, it is a campaign not for abundance but for austerity. It is a campaign not for more freedom but for less. Strangest of all, it is a campaign not just against other people, but also against ourselves.”
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  1. Jeff S. says:

    May I ask what the PTF recommended soil mixuture is for the seed blocks?

  2. anais says:


    Thanks for your question. Here’s the mixture ratio:

    4 pts peat
    2 pts perlite
    (both these help lighten in the soil)
    2 pts compost (from our bins)
    1 pt soil ( from our animal enclosure)

  3. Queen Whackamole says:

    Hi there,
    First of all, kudos on fast shipping of our Solar Oven! We’re looking forward to building it into our morning routine.
    In the meantime, if you’re still looking for questions, I was curious about the per crop yields you’ve had each year. If I’m remembering correctly from the pamphlet that came with our oven, you grew a lot more corn in the early years, and more onions later (or something like that).
    I was wondering if those changes were intentional (one can only eat so much corn! or maybe other crops make more economic sense than corn, for example) or due to climate or pest problems… or…?