Soil Cube: Garden tool of the day
Somewhere along the way this season I read about “soil cubes” for seed starting and the concept appealed to me. An “invisible pot” to start seeds in…..
I came across this soil cube tool at http://www.soilcube.com/ . Clayton came up with the design and makes/markets these at a very reasonable price vs others I had seen. I found him through Jack Spirko’s The SurvivalPodcast members support brigade section, where it is offered with a modest discount.
So what is it?
This little device spits out two 2″x2″ cubes of compacted soil mix with a small seed reservoir on top. It comes with instructions (read them before you try it and you’ll save yourself a little of the learning curve 😉 Duh.)
This is it- pretty simple. The wooden “tongs” are included as well; they are handy for moving the cubes without damaging them,
The nut that holds the “plunger” bolts to the frame provide the relief needed to make the seed reservoir.
Does it work? Absolutely, provided you read the tips and tricks first you won’t have any issues after the first couple of sacrificial attempts.
Here are some freshly made cubes sitting in a high-tech seed starting tray (a scavenged Chic-fil-A chicken nugget tray that comes with a convenient clear plastic cover).
An earlier tray has a young crop of lettuce seedlings a couple of weeks away from being moved outside. This is good, since the temperatures have been so high so far this September and my direct sown seeds are having germination issues as a result.
I think I’m going to like this tool; the cubes offer a lot of advantages over both peat pots and the trays, especially with plants that are traditionally poor “transplanters”.
The Soilcube website has much more information including a video demonstration on exactly how it works.
Clayton was in the process of moving when I ordered and my order was delayed a bit. Nothing too bad; he emailed me to apologize for the delay and when the package arrived, it included a second soilcube tool to make up for it. It wasn’t necessary but a nice touch just the same.
My only advice for Clayton would be to invest in a wood burning metal stamp of some sort to permanently put the name on the tool; the printer label dissolved pretty quickly with all the rinsing. (I couldn’t recall the exact name of the tool or website when I started this post and had to pull it back up via the email mentioned above. ) This seems like it will turn out to be a useful tool that I’ll recommend and having the name on it would make that easier for forgetful old guys like me.