I'm trying something new this year with my seed starting.
For years I've used jiffy 7 pellets and had starting seeds in them down to a fine art. They were cheap and convenient and once i learned how to use them properly, a great success. Last year I had a hard time locating them, so I decided to go back to seed starting mix and cups etc. I then found that Home Depot was selling bricks of Coconut fiber. I had used Coconut fiber years ago as a peat alternative when I was seriously into growing African Violets. the package of 2 bricks cost only $2.47 so I decided to give it a try.
The instructions looked very simple, just add water.
|One dry Coconut fiber brick.|
|The brick starting to expand.|
|Breaking apart the brick while slowly adding water.|
|The expanded brick broken up.|
|The results planted with 'Wild Garden Mixed' lettuce seed.|
It took only a short time for the brick to absorb the water and expand. The one thing I had forgotten was the long fiber "whiskers" that I spent at least 20 minutes trying to pluck out. This fiber is supposed to be greener as it is renewable, and balance the moisture level much better than peat. It is much more convenient than trying to moisten dry peat based mix and a lot less messy.
Time will tell if this is a good medium for seed starting and I'll keep you posted on the results.