I’m writing this for all you gardeners out there who’ve made big blunders so that you can feel better about yourselves. I’ve been gardening for 45 years, guys. I’ve trained as a Master Gardener. I teach gardening classes. And I blog about gardening (among other things). And this year, I blew it. I generally start my seedlings using soil blocks. There they are, in the photo. A little machine makes blocks out of soil and no pot is needed. And I’ve grown the healthiest seedlings I’ve ever grown with soil blocks. BUT, you need to use special soil. I may need to repeat that for my own thick skill. You need to use special soil. I know that. So, several weeks back my plan was to get some seedlings started. I had soil left from last year, and I was ready to go. Except, the bag of soil I had was potting soil, not the special soil needed for soil blocks. Drat. I went online to order soil and saw that both the soil and the shipping had gone up in price. It was going to cost me over $50 for the bag of soil I needed. "Oh, how bad can it be to use potting soil?" I asked myself, and went ahead and used it. It did a great job of forming the blocks and I planted all my brassicas. It did niggle at me over the next few days, and so I went to the local Agway and purchased soilless starting mix to use in pots for the other things I still needed to start. The seeds in the potting soil sprouted just fine and formed their embryonic leaves, and then they just . . . stopped. I fertilized them, but still they would not form their first true leaves. They were stunted. So, I scrambled to think how to salvage this, and got them outside to harden off. I reasoned that if I could get them in the ground, they would begin to grow. Today I transplanted them into the garden. Another mistake since it’s still a bit early for them? I’ll be watching closely over the next week or so to see if they grow, and if not, I’ll be purchasing seedlings. So, did I save any money after all?