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Differences Between Coco Coir Peat and Sphagnum Peat Moss

Even if you’re someone who only has a passing interest in horticulture, the likelihood is that you will have heard of peat moss. It’s a material that has been used in garden soil for decades, due to the many nurturing characteristics it offers to healthy plant growth. Something that’s not so well known is the…

Using coco peat to grow plants in pots

We all want to succeed when growing plants. Nothing compliments a home or garden more than lush greenery, and coco peat is the perfect material in which to grow healthy plants. However, being a relatively unknown composting option, many people aren’t entirely sure how best to use coco coir in pots. With just a little…

What is peat moss and where does it come from?

Peat moss is a fibrous material which develops over decades, when living material and vegetation decompose in boggy areas. Widely used by gardeners as a growing medium, it remains a popular horticultural product today. Peat moss is not just used to enhance potting soil consistency – it is often mixed with soil in order to improve water control and…

How to grow vegetables in coco coir peat

One of the main joys of having your own garden or allotment is being able to grow some delicious vegetables. However, with the sustainability issues surrounding conventional planting materials, many horticulturists are turning to more environmentally-friendly methods for growing their veg. One such method growing in popularity is the use of coco coir, created from the…

Which plants grow in coco coir?

It is easy to regard Coco Coir as a ‘miracle’ growing medium, thanks to its many benefits and applications for indoor and outdoor gardening. However, whether a plant will be able to thrive in a part- or full coconut fibre substrate will depend on several factors – relating to both the growing medium and external factors outside…

How is coco compost made?

If you are reading this, you are probably aware of, or considering using, nature’s true bounty. Coir compost sometimes referred to as coco peat, to describe it’s peat-free status. This eco-friendly and renewable resource is being increasingly recognised for its various benefits as a superior growing method in the horticultural world. Equally known as coco coir, where…

How to Recycle Coco Coir

Coco coir, in its various forms, is increasingly used by gardeners as an addition to soil, or as its own growing medium. One of its key selling points, as an alternative to sphagnum peat, is that it is an environmentally-friendly substrate. It’s not just that the fibres can last for years without degrading. Coconuts are an…

Where to buy Coco Coir, and how to judge the quality

So you’ve discovered Coconut Coir. You’re convinced it could be the perfect choice for your gardening needs. That’s great! Now you want to buy some. Where will you go? What should you be aware of? Whether you’re an experienced bulk-buying convert or an inexperienced gardener, you’ll want to be sure that what you buy is…

Switching to Coir Coco Peat: Ecological and Practical Reasons

Fewer things beat the deeply satisfying feeling of tending to a plant – from its start as a tiny seed, to becoming an adorable seedling, and ultimately blooming into maturity, respite with beautiful flowers and irresistible scents. However, the creation of beauty is done at what cost? Resource depletion and environmental pollution. Ironic. For the…