Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert
village in the section were talking about flower gardening and alternatives to fertilizer.
We just discussed that why plants really don’t need fertilizer and now were gonna talk about
alternatives to fertilizer. Cause there so many of the market right now about 10 years
ago, Coco Pete Moss was this old array and everyone was selling it. And it was just the
Coco Petes, mashed up and broken up that made a great compose. And I tried it, I was very
excited to use it. And I tried and experiment. I used straight Coco Petes I did half Coco
Petes, and half soil and all soil and grew colo lilies and sure enough all Coco petes
got too dry when it was dry and too wet when it was wet. And it wouldn’t stay moist or
dry. And the plant did not do well at all. The plant that was half and half it did ok
but it was still the same problem, either too wet or too dry. And than the regular compose
potted plant did wonderfully. It did great. So than I had all this Coco Pete Moss that
I didn’t know what to do with. So I actually used it as it as a malt. So in the fall I
covered all my beds with it and it worked wonderfully cause it seemed to break down
and it protected my other plants that weren’t quit as hearty. And in the middle of winter
I put even another layer of compose on top that. And it seemed to work in the end theres
many alternatives to fertilizers. People that use fish pieces of fish, and bone meal and
all kinds of other bodily fluids. And I kind of got this policy that the only thing that
belongs in in my garden is natural. And I really don’t want any bodily fluids in it.
So when I’m making those decisions I come back around to believing that really that
the only alternative to fertilizer is compost. Next were gonna talk about using compost and
how much compost do we need to use in a garden.