Before I begin with How To Make Compost Seed Starting Soil , let me tell you why I need to talk about it in the first place.
I have tried on several occasions to grow Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts from seed by direct sowing them in the garden beds. Every time the Pill Bugs attack my young sprouts and eat them all up before they get a chance to grow.
There was a suggestion made by my beautiful bride to start some in pots then transplant them in the garden after they get a little bigger so they stand a better chance against those aggressive little buggers. Well, that’s brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that? She is beautiful and smart and talented (Seriously, you should check out her blog… she doesn’t like the computer much, but I make her document her projects for the blog ).
Here’s where I turn my attention to how to
Make Compost Seed Starting Soil
The seed starting project started with me making some compost and sand mix. A while back I had a YouTube comment that instructed me to pre-moisten the seed starting mix so it will absorb water better. That’s what I did this time, but I made the mix too wet. Goodness this is going to put the project off to the next day, but I went ahead and filled the seed starting containers with the sloppy mix. It’ll be ok to just wait for tomorrow, after it dries out a bit before planting the seeds.
That was the plan, but plans change. When I went back to plant the seeds the seed trays were hard as bricks! Yep, soil and sand makes adobe. People build houses out of that stuff. It was apparent that I needed to add a third ingredient to my seed starting mix. This ingredient is Coconut Coir.
The Coconut Coir is a by-product of the coconut industry. The fibers of the husk are harvested, compressed and sold for pet cage substrate and soil amendment (and probably other things, but that’s all I’m aware of).
In most cases I’ve seen the Coconut Coir come packaged in a compressed brick. This is great for shipping since they can pack a lot of material into a small package. You cannot use the coir until it is expanded with water. I have found that using warm water expands the coir much faster than cold. If you place a brick in cold water, you could be waiting for over an hour for it to soak it all up and expand. The entire brick in the video in this post was expanded in about 5 minutes using the warm water.
Once the coir is expanded it can be mixed into your other ingredients. In my case this is course sand and sifted compost. In the video I show how I sift the compost as well.
I’m not certain that I’m onto the perfect seed starting mix yet. Time will tell. Mistakes have to be made before the valuable lessons are learned. It does appear that the mix is very good. It’s crumbly, loose and rich.
The famous Luke helps me plant the seeds into this new mix. Luke is so patient with the small seeds. He is very particular to get one seed in every hole, and he wants to do it by himself!
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Make Compost Seed Starting Soil
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