Soil Blocks - A Conclusion

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  1. KK Ng

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    My soil block journey had come to a conclusion for me with a yummy lunch :) OK I harvested all the mustard green this morning and they were beautiful.

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    All 8 plants were harvested and have a total weight of 2.5kg.

    Two plants were used for lunch, "Gai Choy Rice" Yum!!! It is a all in one pot rice.
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    One plant is sitting in the fridge waiting to be eaten - most probably stir fried with something.
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    The rest were pickled for use later.
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    Washed and halved.
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    Salted and dehydrated.
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    Pickling on the counter ready by this weekend.

    Before arriving at this point of the journey I first made some changes to the soil mixture because I find that my original mix dry up too fast and is very compact. After trying some other materials I came up with a new mix which can hold more water and not that compact. Now I make use of 1 part garden soil, 1 part compost, 1 part cocopeat and suitable amount of water. I find that this is the best mix for me. I had used it for 3 batches of green vegetables (totally 70 plants) which is now growing in the beds and soon ready to be harvest.

    Using soil blocks really helped me saved a lot of space. Usually for a batch of 21 plants I would need the space of at least 2 trays but with soil blocks 1 tray is more than enough with space to spare :)
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    Normally in 1 tray I can only put in 15 plastic cups.
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    With soil block I have 25 blocks in a tray and the trays are the same size. I can have more blocks in a tray if I want to.

    The best part is that after transplanting I only have the tray to wash and this save me a lot of time. Transplanting is also easy and fast.

    So in conclusion from now it is soil blocks for me. :) :D :)
     
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    Interesting KK but i would like to know the pickling technique for mustard greens ! Have you tried the southern curled mustard since the flat leafed variety is not as peppery ?
     
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    this is really cool thanks for sharing. I have a bunch of seedlings to start and limited space, i think i might try to make some soil blocks myself!
     
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    Hi Mart :) the pickling technique for mustard greens is simple. I have made a post on Pickled Mustard Greens Food Preservation and Storage under Recipes and Cooking. The southern curled mustard is interesting but sad to say I have never seen it here before. I'll look around to see if I can get some seeds here and I'll give it a go. This is the first time I learn about it. Thanks Mart.

    Thanks Adam.ca, yes you should try it and I am sure you'll like it.
     
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    You can find the seed on ebay !! But since you are in another country,, there may be restrictions !! Not sure !!
     
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    Thanks Mart :)
     
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    Good Job @KK Ng!!! Those look amazing!! Not sure about pickling mustard greens, since here in the South, they are boiled with some smoked meat - hamhocks, neckbones, turkey wings, pig tails (yuck on that one), but it works for you. I have a lot of mustards also...maybe i will give the rice a try with the extra i have. Can it be googled?
     

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