Renewable Coconut Coir Soil Amendment
Posted February 13, 2018
Are you looking for a sustainable resource to amend your soil with? Coconut coir is the perfect replacement for dwindling peat resources. By adding coconut coir to your garden beds you’ll not only be adding a renewable resource, but you’ll be helping your soil become more drought tolerant. Coir can absorb nine times its weight in water, so when used, during a drought, it will keep the soil around the plants roots more evenly moist over a longer period of time, reducing the frequency of watering. Coir is an ideal way to open clay soils and add water-holding capacity to sand. In drought conditions coir can be invaluable!
Coconut coir is a by-product of the coconut-processing and is composed of the fibrous husk of coconut ground into a fine silky compost consistency. Coir doesn’t not offer any nutrional value, so additional nutrional supplementing will be required.
Coconut coir generally comes in compressed blocks that will need to be hydrated before using. A bucket, or wheelbarrow will work great for this. The benefit of this is block are lighter than peat moss and much easier to transport.