Monday 21 March 2022

Hydrating More Coco Coir

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and Kelly was working form home, and could keep an eye on Jen, so I took the opportunity to get a couple of hours in on the allotment late this afternoon, hydrating Coco Boost Coir, bagging it up and storing away in a storage bin ready for the planting my potatoes.

1 Litre Kettle of hot water followed by 4 litres of cold water whilst the kettle boiled the water again, then scoop up the soft stuff into empty compost sacks.

Coco Grow Pure Coir Compost with added Nutrients, I got mine from D.T.Brown      

Fortified with added nutrients which would feed the plants for 8 weeks. NPK: 20:20:20 plus essential trace elements.

Natural and 100% PEAT FREE - made from 100% Natural Coconut husks, after harvesting, it is stored, ground, washed, dried, and compressed. Coco Coir is a natural by-product of the coconut farming industry and causes minimal impact on the environment and it is the most environmentally friendly alternative to peat moss.

Coco Grow can be used in soil-less potting mixes or mixed with soil. Perfect growing medium for plants. Ideal to use in greenhouses, pots & containers, outdoors and for indoor growing pot plants. Good for potting up, planting and rooting.

Natural Coco Grow makes a great bedding material for worm bins & Reptiles and it increases worm growth by 25%. Coco Grow increases the porosity of the potting mix which helps to keep the soil loose and airy helping in better root growth. Better root growth results in better plant growth and higher yield. Coco Coir improves soil structure, water holding capacity, improves nutrient retention and feeds the microorganisms which are responsible for digesting the organic matter and releasing enzymes that promote plant growth. The presence of organic compounds in Coco Grow results in strong root growth compared with other growing media.

How to Use It:

Simply put your compressed Coco Coir Peat brick in a container, add 25 litres of water and let it sit until the water is absorbed (approx. 20min). Fluff it up and you are ready to use it. After adding water, the block expands in to 75ltr of compost.

Key Benefits:
- NPK: 20:20:20 plus essential trace elements
- 100% peat-free
- pH and nutrient balanced
- Sustainable and environmentally friendly, from natural renewable sources, biodegradable
- Easy to handle, uniform in composition, odourless
- Better water retention, long lasting
- Provides good drainage / good aeration
- Free of bacteria and weed seeds
- Absorbs water readily and re-wets easily, reducing the need for wetting agents
- Can be reused repeatedly

Size: 30 x 13 x 30cm when compressed. Add 25 litres of water and it will expand to 75ltr of Peat Free Coco Coir Compost Boost - pH value 5.5 -6.8

There is no water on the site at the moment so I have been taking 2 litre pop and water bottles of water down with me and storing them in the potting table behind the greenhouse

Collection of sacks once the block was completely hydrated

The sacks of hydrated Coir were put in the coir storage bin, the locking handles are not very good and I have lost the lid in the wind or storms in the past, so a couple of half concrete paving blocks were in order.

I spent some time sorting out the flower buckets and forming drainage holes in those that don't have them. Picked up a load of grass cuttings from the paths and added to a Dalek and watered them in. Then it was time to make my way home for my evening meal.

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