03 Feb '12, 6pm

Alternatives to Peat-Based Products for Starting Seeds Indoors

If you start your own plants from seed, you've likely noticed that commercial seed-starting products are heavily peat-based: seed starting mixes, compressed peat pellets, even pots and flats made of compressed peat. But, as we've mentioned here on TreeHugger a couple of times, (here and here ) peat is not really a sustainable option. So, what's a gardener to do? Make your own mix, and re-purpose biodegradable objects to replace those plantable peat pots. Here's how. Peat-Less Seed Starting Mix The best alternative I've found for peat moss is coir, which is a by-product of the commercial coconut processing industry -- definitely more sustainable than peat. Coir is usually purchased in compressed bricks, which yield quite a lot of seed starting mix once fluffed. Here's the basic recipe I use: 1 part coir 1 part vermicompost 1 part perlite A "part" can be anything, depending ...

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