To Peat or Not to Peat

I’ve been reading a lot of debates on whether or not it is ethical to use peat pellets for gardening. There is a concern that the over mining of peat is depleting the peat bogs. Unfortunately, I am finding peat pellets everywhere but it’s very difficult to find the more environmentally friendly alternatives. Until recently I was only able to find them online and with shipping costs it made them too expensive. I was so excited to find Growcoir planting medium at our local food co-op. Growcoir consists of coconut coir and is considered a better alternative to peat pellets. Even though most of my garden is planted I couldn’t resist the chance to try these out. I also had a few pellets left so I thought I would do an ongoing comparison.
Week 1

Coconut coir
It comes in a brick size block which is impossible to break off or cut off. I soaked a portion of it in water and then I was able use the small amount I needed. This process was pretty messy and I also needed to find containers to put the medium in. The brick will make 5-7 quarts of growing medium and it cost $2.50. Which makes it more economical than peat pellets.

Peat Pellets: Just soak pellets in water and they expand to full size. It costs $2.00 for 50 individual pellets. Which makes it easier to start using but less economical.

Results: Tied
Peat Pellets: easier to start with and doesn’t require an additional container.

Coconut coir: More cost effective.

I planted scallions and spinach. I’ll keep updating once I see more progress.

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