You can start seeds in a variety of containers. People use everything from empty egg shells to the plastic six packs last years plants came in to just about any container laying around. There comes a point at the beginning of the season when you have a lot of plants going and containers can get scarce. Imagine if you didn't have to deal with storing mounds of little plastic pots and just did without containers all together! Well you can and the answer to your prayers is the soil blocker. It compresses soil into...well...blocks.
Now you can buy a soil block maker. They cost about 30 bucks from Johnny's seeds but what's the fun in that? I decided to make my own.
You can too .
It's not that hard.
Step 1: The Materials and Tools Part
About 2 feet of pine board 3/4" thick x 2" wide
An 8" piece of 4x4
About 2 feet of aluminum plate 1/8" thick x 2 3/8" wide
12 wood screws
1- 3/8" carriage bolt 4" long
1- 3/8" nut & washer
Clear acrylic or varnish
Drill and bits
Step 2: Start the Wood Frame
Cut a 45°angle on one end of each of the 6" pieces.
Drill a hole in the center of the 8" piece big enough to let the 3/8" bolt pass through easily.