Is Coco Coir Peat an alternative to Peat moss?

Imports and Exports
Peat moss is commercially mined or harvested from peat bogs. But the concern engulfing the farmers’ community is that it’s not sustainable. Though there are several alternatives to peat moss, some, of course, cheaper, and render the intended function of soil amendment better. In practice, the use of peat in horticulture is not commonplace these days. Peat is extensively used in the improvement of soil, but other materials also do well, for peat has little, if no nutrient value. Spent mushroom compost, wood-waste, Green Kitchen Compost or composted garden, Well Rotted farmyard Manure or leaf mould could play the role as cost-effective and practical soil enrichers. Peat accounts for a comparatively poor much as it breaks down pretty quickly, and in dry and wind conditions may blow away. There are…
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It’s Time to Say no to Moss, Yes to Coconut!

Coconut
If you consider yourself a ‘pro’ at gardening, it is time to switch from moss peat in your potting mixtures to ‘coco peat’ (or ‘coconut coir’). Most professional gardeners have already done so, as coco peat is made out of the husk of a coconut, and available as a ready-made by-product of the coconut sector and composted pine bark. A reliable study conducted shows that farmers still use a mix of both moss peat and coco peat for growing vegetables. Coco peat is an ideal addition to a potting mix it has the ability to retain water and add extra nutrients. The challenge here lies whether harvesting of coco peat is sustainable: peat moss is sustainable under particular conditions. The dry moss peat is developed when the moss sphagnum and…
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Will Coco Peat Replace Soil for Terrace Farm and Gardening?

Coconut
For those who’re wondering what coco peat is, it is one of the by-products of coir industry that is extracted from the fibre of coconut husk. The extraction left is then washed, treated with heat and suitably packed for agricultural, terrace farming and gardening applications. It is thus used for soil-less cultivation or farming. What are the properties of Coco peat? A quick comparison of Coco peat with soil will show you that it’s lighter in weight, has greater water retention capacity, and therefore exhibits higher nutrient intake capability in plants. In terms of portability, coco peats are easy to transport as they are lightweight by nature. Another advantage is that plants that are cultivated in coco peats are free of weeds and various soil-borne diseases. Therefore, Coco peat is…
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