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Coco Fiber for Composters, Compost Pails and Crocks

coco fiber

100% natural coconut husk fiber growing medium.

Available in a range of sizes, see pack size drop down opposite for details.

Go green. Go coco.

 

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Coco Fiber for Composters

 

Coco Fiber

  • Great for composting because it reduces odor improves decomposition and prevents the leaching of valuable compost nutrients
  • Perfect choice for use as bedding in worm composting
  • Eco-friendly alternative to peat based potting mixes
  • Natural micro sponge effect boosts water and nutrient retention
  • Improves aeration for compacted soil ensuring optimal root growth

From the Manufacturer

Coco fiber is a must for composting because it greatly improves decomposition and prevents the leaching of valuable compost nutrients. Add coco fiber every time you add green matter to your compost pile or bin. Coco fiber is perfect for use in kitchen compost pails to eliminate odor at the source by absorbing excess liquid. Add a layer of coco fiber every time you add food scraps to your kitchen compost pail. Coco fiber will continue to work in the compost bin after being transferred from the kitchen compost pail and also in the finished compost. Coco fiber's ability to maintain a balanced micro-climate makes it the perfect choice for bedding in worm composting. Coco Garden compresses its coco fiber into a convenient light weight package that expands several times its size when placed in water.

Coco Garden coco fiber is a 100% natural eco-friendly alternative to peat based potting mixes. Peat moss is extracted from peat bogs that take thousands of years to form and years to recover and therefore is not a renewable resource. Coco Garden coco fiber is a completely renewable resource made from 100% natural recycled fibers of the coconut husk.

Coco fiber's micro sponge effect dramatically increases the water retention of soil and improves aeration, ensuring optimal root growth and maximum water and nutrient uptake for lawn grasses and container and garden plants. Use anytime you have a need for a potting medium. Coco fiber is excellent for use as a seed starter, planting seedlings and transferring plants. Can be added to dry soil conditions to improve water retention and also for soils high in clay to improve aeration and root growth.

When compared to conventional potting mixes compressed coco fiber lasts longer, requires significantly less packaging material and has a lower shipping weight and volume which greatly reduces its impact on the planet.

Coco Fiber in Collection Pails/Compost Crock: Generally one must take the disc or brick of Coco Fiber and rehydrate and decompress it by placing in a container of water. Once the fiber has expanded its best to dry it out by leaving the fiber out on your porch or deck or at the very least in an open bucket in your kitchen. Coco fiber works best for collection pails when its its completely dried out. The reason for drying is that the coco fiber can then be added each time you add green matter to your composter and it will immediately absorb excess moisture to prevent odor and improper breakdown. If you store coco fiber in expanded dry form you will have the best results. Each time you add green matter to your collection pail or compost crock add a layer of coco fiber to completely cover the newly added green matter.  You will notice less odor and pests in the collection pail. When you are ready to transfer your collection pail to a larger composter the material will already be premixed with green and brown matter.

Hint: If coco fiber discs are used in the compressed form, it can be broken up by hand and added to the pail without having to decompress.  You can even drop the whole disc in and it will eventually absorb the excess moisture and start to expand.  Its simply a  matter off convenience. But a good rule of thumb is to maximize the benefits of the coco fiber by storing it in expanded dry form.



Coco Fiber in Composters: It's always best to expand the coco fiber and dry it out before use in the composters. But generally it's ok to expand the coco fiber and add immediately to large composters because they tend to dry out faster (due to the higher temperatures) and the added moisture in coco fiber could be beneficial to the compost mix. A 1:3 ratio of coco fiber to green matter is a good rule of thumb but it really depends on the types of green matter being added. So the user needs to balance the mix based on his needs. Again how you use the coco fiber can depend on need and convenience so some may want to simply add a compressed brick or disc directly to the bin. The decision to decompress and dry out simply depends on whether the user has time or more importantly is whether they need an immediate effect. For example if their compost is starting to smell then dry expanded coco fiber will rapidly solve their odor issue. If the compost is well balanced and without significant odor then they can get away with adding the compressed form directly or even the expanded wet form immediately after expansion.

Coco Fiber in NatureMill: In the NatureMilll an easy way to use the coco fiber is to break up a coco fiber disc and spread a layer over the top after adding green matter. We recently added a coco fiber pellet pack. If you are using the pellets you simply have to add 3 pellets for every 5 cups of green matter. The pellets are small enough so they wont jam the machine and will absorb moisture and expand on their own.

Coco Fiber in Worm Bins: Decompress the coco fiber by soaking in water and then drain off excess water and place directly in the bin as a bedding for the worms.

Go green. Go coco.

One 1.43-Pound (650-Gram) brick makes 2-2.5-Gallon (8-9l) of potting medium.