Using Coco Coir As A Soil Amendment In Your Organic Garden

The coconut is a great fruit. We all know
how delicious the flesh is and the water is nutritious with lots of potassium but
also the outside husk is very beneficial. It’s used in textiles to make ropes and
to make things like our fiber cocoa pots and it can be ground down to the really
finest smallest particles which are not really used in textiles but are great
for use in the garden. This leftover fiber is called coconut coir, coconut
pith or coco peat it’s similar to but easier to use than sphagnum peat moss and it’s more sustainable too. This coir is biodegradable but it biodegrades slowly,
more slowly than regular peat moss and other organic matters. It’s a naturally
weed free and soil free product that smells good too. Coconut coir is a great
soil amendment. It will add organic matter it also helps improve soil structure no matter what kind of soil that you have.
And it aerates the soil which is great for the plants roots. It acts as a sponge
to hold water in the root zone so that the plants can use it when they need it.
Coir has a better water holding capacity than most soil amendments and it can
hold seven to ten times its weight. At the same time that it holds on to water,
it will also get rid of excess water so that your plants don’t become
waterlogged. Although it doesn’t have any significant nutrient value of its own, It
helps the soil retain nutrients so that it’s available to the plants. The coco
coir fiber often comes in compressed blocks which will have to be soaked in
water and then broken apart to use them. Just be sure and expand your block in a
container that can hold seven times the volume of the block. Add water and let it
absorb and expand. It may take about 15 minutes you can use a shovel or a
digging fork to break apart any large remaining chunks
and stir it until it’s fluffy. If you prefer something ready to use, the
coconut coir comes in ready to use bags like this just coir and Coco Loco. In your
garden or for your potted plants, you can mix up to 40% coir with your soil or
potting mix. You can also use it plain or create your own soilless mix for seed
starting or hydroponics. Remember if using it as a soilless potting mix it
does not contain sufficient nutrients of its own so you’ll need to water in
liquid fertilizers regularly. For starting small seeds it is best to use
fine pith coconut coir. As a soil amendment coir is nice on its own but
even better when combined with other amendments such as rice hulls and
perlite. Using them in combination will provide you with the best results in
drainage aeration and water retention. Coir also makes a great worm bin bedding. Try some coconut coir fiber in your garden this season and grow organic for

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