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By Lance Gardner on September 21, 2010

Over the years, I have used a variety of potting mixes with varying success. I tried a new item, wondering if it would actually work, and have been very pleased with the results. So now I recommend using coir, a coconut based product that uses the leftovers, instead of harvesting peat bogs. Here are the benefits from my experience.

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charlesFaulkenberry
May 6, 2011 10:12 AM CST
never heard of it but i do wont to try it
ImageLance
May 6, 2011 11:55 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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I think you will like how this material works. I use nothing else, and find it works much better than peat based mediums. Just like with peat, you do need to mix in some sort of nutritional mix, such as worm dirt, kelp, compost and such.
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ImageRetSgt
May 7, 2011 8:55 AM CST
Name: Sarge
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I have used Coir for many years in my tanks for my spiders and critters as their bedding . I got the idea to use it for seedlings one day when i had more then enough to fill all the tanks .

it quickly become my add to mix for planting and potting up plants round the house . I took note that they all seem to grow much better and faster . I too mix my own soil to plant things in due to the red clay here in Tennessee but i do add some of the soil to my mix because it is full of minerals and such .

even though many folks start their gardens faster then folks round here our gardens come up fast and produce much later into the fall than most . winter crops are often planted just to cover the garden or fields for the next spring growth and to build the soil.

Sarge
ImageLance
May 8, 2011 7:21 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
My son and I have just started worm farming so we have a source of nutrition to mix in with the coir. I think the combination of the coir and worm dirt will work great.
Good ideas, Sarge. Clay does indeed have lots of mineral and nutrition, and holds onto a lot of nutrients quite well. Thanks for including your experiences.
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