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The coconut may be great fruit. We all understand how delicious the flesh is, and also, the water is nutritious with plenty of potassium, but the skin husk is extremely beneficial. It’s employed in textiles to create ropes and form things like our Coconut Fiber Pots, and it will be ground right down to excellent particles that don’t seem to be utilized in textiles but are great to be used within the garden. Coconut husks also are used as coarse chips like our Mega Mulch, great as a mulch in planting beds and within the garden. Watch our video to determine how Tricia uses coco coir in her garden.
Benefits of Coco Coir
This leftover fiber is named coconut coir, coconut pith, or coco peat. It’s similar but more straightforward 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 matter.
It’s a naturally weed-free and soil-free product that smells good too.
As a soil amendment, it adds organic matter.
Helps improve soil structure.
Aerates the soil, which is great for the plant’s roots.
Improves water holding capacity–acts as a sponge to carry water within the root zone so that the plants can use it when they need it. Coir incorporates a better water holding capacity than most soil amendments, and it can hold seven to 10 times its weight.
At the same time that it holds on to the water, it’ll also get obviate excess water, so 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.
Just Add Water to Expand the Blocks
The coco coir fiber often comes in compressed blocks that need to be soaked in water then broken apart to use them.
Just make sure and expand your block in an exceedingly container that may hold seven times the degree of the league.
Add water and let it absorb and expand.
It may take about a quarter-hour (maybe more).
You can use a shovel or a digging fork to interrupt apart any large remaining chunks and stir it until it’s fluffy.
If you favor something able to use, the coconut coir comes in ready-to-use bags like this Just Coir and Coco Loco.
How to Use Coco Coir
In your garden or for your potted plants, you’ll be able to confusion to 40% coir along with your soil or potting mix.
Make your seed starting mix–for starting tiny seeds, it’s best to use fine pith coconut coir.
Coir is suitable on its own but even better when combined with other amendments like rice hulls and perlite. Using them together will provide you with the most straightforward leads to drainage, aeration, and water retention.
Coir also makes excellent worm bin bedding!
Try some coconut coir fiber in your garden this season and grow organic for life!