Help with soil blocks
So I bought soil block makers last year in the hopes that they would work out well. Then I wouldn't have to keep buying plug flats and I like the fact they make transplanting really easy. But they have been really hit or miss and I am getting frustrated.
I know there are several people who use soil blocks on here so I was hoping to get some advice on what I am doing wrong.
My brassicas seem to do really well in them, peppers were doing well, but now they are having some issues growing. My herbs begin to grow really well initially then just stop growing and die off. I replanted my herbs in plug flats at least 3 weeks after the ones in the soil blocks and they are twice the size of the ones in the blocks. My tomatoes were getting horrible dampening off in the blocks and after I replanted them into 4 inch pots with a different soil mix the dampening off has stopped completely.
I want to like the blocks, but I am getting better results in the plug trays.
My soil mix:
2 5gallon buckets of peat
1 5gallon bucket of compost
1 5gallon bucket of perlite
2 quarts mix of greensand/bloodmeal/rock phosphate
1/2 cup lime
I try to keep the blocks evenly moist but I find the ones in the center tend to dry out more because it is hard to water them without melting the blocks. Please tell me I am doing something totally wrong because I really want these to work.