This slideshow covers how to make a simple seed germinating mix using coconut coir fiber as the base ingredient. The finish potting mix can be used for both seed starting and adding ingredients to for making potting on mixes for older vegetable seedlings as they grow their way to transplanting.
All ingredients are measured by volume not weight. When 1 part is mentioned, it can be any size measuring container that is suitable for the amount you are making. Ensure the same sized measuring container is used for all the ingredients in the recipe unless a different size or type of measure is mentioned.
As a rough guide here is an estimate of the amount some of the common size coconut coir fiber bricks will expand to:
Coconut coir comes in different size blocks and bricks. This slideshow show how to prepare and make a seed starting mixture using a common 650g brick. As a personal preference perlite is used rather than vermiculite.
This is your base mixture that can be used to add other ingredients as the seedling grow and are re-potted.
For the next page in this section follow this link to seed starting soil using sphagnum peat moss
There was a time when coconut coir fiber processes involved being rinsing using sea water and as a result much of the coir on the market had high salt content.
This has changed a lot in recent years with many producers, not all, now using fresh water. When buying coir for any garden use it make good sense to buy only from a trusted source.
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