What is vermicompost? Why would I use it?
Vermicompost is a wonderful, natural way to fertilize your plants. It has distinct advantages over synthetic fertilizers, because it will not burn your plants, and it contains a wide range of live microbes. These microbes are essential for good soil health, and they will work to improve the drainage and structure of poor soils. Vermicompost is also allowed for use in organic gardening, as long a certain requirements are met. Here at Green Texan Organic Farms, we meet these requirements with our vermicompost and are in the process of being certified by the Organic Materials Review Institure (OMRI) as safe for organic use.
What is coconut coir? Shouldn't I just use peat moss instead?
Coconut coir is the fiber from the outside of coconut husks. It is a byproduct of coconut harvesting, and using it in the garden is a great way to "recycle" this waste. Unlike peat moss, coconut coir is sustainable since coconuts simply regrow after harvest. It also has a more neutral pH than peat moss, and is not hard to wet like peat moss. Coconut coir does everything peat moss does but better, on top of being more environmentally friendly. Another benefit is that it can be stored in compressed brick form, taking up less space in your car or garage. When you need to use it, just add water and use it as you would peat moss!
Coconut coir has the added benefit of being an inert medium, allowing it to be used for hydroponic and aquaponic plant growth.