Super Cheap Seed Starters on Make: Projects

Super Cheap Seed Starters on Make: Projects

Abe Connally Seed Starter

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to get some seeds started. Frequent MAKE contributor and off-grid aficionado Abe Connally teaches us how to make cheap and simple soil blocks to avoid transplant mortality (from MAKE Volume 24). He uses a can as the soil blocker mold, one of the can ends as the press plate, and an eye bolt, nut, and washer as the plunger. To boot, Abe uses reclaimed plastic bakery containers as the trays. Here’s the full project on Make: Projects, previewed here:

Abe not only talks the talk, but struts the walk, as he and his wife Josie and their toddler Leo live completely off-grid. Check out a list of the projects he and Josie have contributed to the pages of MAKE, and read more about their adventures on their Vela Creations site.

There are three more of Abe’s projects available on Make: Projects as well: the Solar Food Dryer from the current issue, MAKE Volume 26, the Honey Cow from Volume 25, and the DIY Wind Generator from Volume 19. Keep your ears to the wire for an upcoming interview with Abe about living the off-grid lifestyle.

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