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Post  Elzbeth9 9/19/2018, 12:19 am

Hi I'm Joyce I'm from New Zealand way down at the bottom of the planet. I'm just curious as I'm substituting coconut fiber for peat do I really need vermiculite?  Opinions please.
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Post  sanderson 9/19/2018, 2:25 am

Hi, Elzbeth, Mel's Mix calls for equal parts of fluffed peat moss (or coir in your area), vermiculite (China ships a lot so you should be able to buy it) and 5-way blended compost. Vermiculite holds a lot of water which is available to the plants' roots, yet provides for air pockets. I recommend that you go ahead and bite the $ bullet for adding coarse vermiculite. Remember, once the Mel's mix is made, the only thing you will need to add for each new plantings is more blend composts.

Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are going into winter soon. During the northern winters, we love to see garden photos from our Southern Hemisphere friends, as snow starts to blanket our beds. Very Happy And, we would love following your SFG journey, so don't be shy.

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