You may be unfamiliar with this method; however local farmers in Indonesia have been calling this technique as the meatball model.
Soil block technique for sowing is actually widely used by professional farmers, as explained by a member of this community, Haris Setiawan, a chili farmer. In this occasion, we would like to tell you more about this technique.
Before delving into the hows of this technique, here are several benefits of using this technique:
- It’s simple, practical, and the result is uniform
- Low production cost because we cut the cost of using polybags.
- This technique saves time and energy
- Cheaper and more efficient
- Easy to apply by farmers and hobbyists alike
- It’s just a simple thought process resulting in innovation
- No polybags
- It gives off to healthy plants
- Fruitful harvest
With those benefits, surely it is worth a try for you and your chili crops business.
Soil Block Sowing Technique on Chili Crops
Now, we move on to the hows:
- Knead soft clay into balls 2 – 3 cm in diameter with your hands
- Make holes in the middle of the clay balls
- Put in your chili seeds in the middle of the holes, then cover the holes with compost little by little, then finish off with straws.
- After 6 days when your seeds have finished germinating, get rid of the straws and change the cover to a transparent plastic cover to protect your seedlings from sun overexposure and heavy rain.
Have fun trying!