We get a lot of questions about using coconut coir, what it is and what are the benefits. I figured a quick and easy article would probably answer most of your questions too!
What is Coconut Coir
Coconut coir is the ground-up outer husk of the coconut. Coco coir is typically sold as bricks and must be soaked in water before use. When fully soaked, coconut coir expands to five to seven times its original size.
What are the Benefits of Coco Coir For Vermicomposting?
The benefits of coco coir are numerous, and it is beneficial to use it in vermicomposting. The main benefits of coco coir include being biodegradable, easy to work with, cost-effective, and having a neutral pH that facilitates optimal absorption of nutrients.
Can You Use Coconut Coir As Composting Worm Bedding?
If you’re looking for a good alternative to traditional shredded paper, you can try using coconut coir in your compost bin. Unlike wood chips, coco coir will not retain heat and allow your worms to produce high-quality compost.
It’s also a better choice than shredded paper for worm bedding because it doesn’t contain plastic (think envelopes or labels), which may hurt your worms. You can also use cardboard or paper as bedding for your worms. However, cardboard and paper will also dry out quickly, and worms do not like to live in a dry environment. Supplementing with coconut coir can increase moisture retention in the bin.
Did this answer your question? If not, please share your question in the comments below so I can keep this article up-to-date to help other vermicomposters with bedding questions.
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