Is Coir an Eco-friendly Substitute for Peat Moss?

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There's one other ingredient that has let's see as its first letter that is Koya. What on Earth is Koya? Well, it's made from coconut husks. It's often being touted as a sustainable alternative for things like Peat Moss. and. You'll have to find that it comes stocked as a hard brick which then have to put in a bucket and add water to it so that it's at least fluffs up and makes a much larger amount of compost. So it's really convenient. If you are living in a flash, WE'VE GOT small amounts of storage space or you want to order growing media through the post because these lightweight. Compressed bricks are very good way of getting your Koya so is. More sustainable than Pete I would say it's definitely more sustainable than Pete but there are downsides to its production and as your member from last week helping me on these potting mix episodes is flat Nikolic also known as Mr House plant, and here he is to tell us about the pros and cons of Koya. They're also a few issues with using core and the. People generally aware of them. One is can potentially contain a lot of salt. So the first thing you should do when you buy go who core after you re hydrated unique to Charlie, rinse it to get as much of that salt out. And another problem which Is Opposing when you've been using it. You're you're aware of that is that it doesn't contain nutrients to have to fertilizer plants all blinds reporting incor- core. If you're using exclusive, we go core. So, you can either use a hundred percent cocoa mix and fertilizer plants what we or you have the option to mix core with a beat base party mix as they contain nutrients. So for example, you could use sponsor who core one-third third base party meeks in one-third per lights promise or sent improved drainage and ration- There is also an environmental issue with. Cocoa, production because a lot of chemicals are used in the production and then a lot of water has to be used to remove these chemicals and the water used to raise them out goes back into the water that is being used by local communities. So. It turns out the production of go who is not As environmentally friendly is people usually think. So if you're looking to buy Koya, it really is worth checking out the company or buying from where they're sourcing their Koya from because not all core is created equal. So for example, here in the UK fertile fiber is a company that supplies Koya and all its square is certified by the Soil Association, which is UK Campaigning Organisation for organic food. So their quality control's excellent and you can be assured that their core is top quality. And will work well for your plants and they have full traceability. So they know exactly where their products come from. If you're in the US and looking for Koya epic gardening, Dot Com guest of the show does have a nice guide to different corporate products on his website. I'll put link to that in the show notes it's also worth bearing in mind the Koya does come in different gradings. So that is very fine almost dusty, Koya which is a replacement for Pete Compost. Slightly larger particles right up to Koya chips which are about a centimeter-by-centimeter. Of US this on a couple of years and this seems rather good for plants that need a really really porous mixed with lots of in it. And, then you can get the kind of fibers which are often kind of matted into pots or in hanging basket liners. So again, look at the quality of the stuff you're getting and assess whether it's what you need because the gradation of the sizes of the particles will effect the air holes, the water holes that are available for the reach to us.

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