How to make a great compost
This is for all our customers who have asked what compost we use for growing our chilli plants.
The first thing to prepare is the coco coir. Coco coir in its raw state has no nutritional value to our chilli pepper plant so we need to beef it up a little. We use Chilli Bloom plant food but you can use any general well balanced plant food.
We make up 20ltr of fertilizer to soak a 70ltr Coco Coir Block.
Add the fertilizer to the coco coir and allow to soak for about 30 minutes.
Once the coir is loose, spread it out so it can be worked more easily.
Next step is to add one or two special ingredients to our base mix.
First we add about two large hands full of Epsom Salts. Chemically, Epsom salts is hydrated magnesium sulfate (about 10 percent magnesium and 13 percent sulfur). Magnesium is critical for seed germination and the production of chlorophyll, fruit, and nuts. Magnesium helps strengthen cell walls and improves plants’ uptake of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulphur. Spread the Epsom salt out evenly over the coir.
Now its time for the Seaweed. We use seaweed meal at the rate of two to three large handfuls per 70ltr coco coir block. Once again spread it out evenly.
Last thing we add to the base mix is one handful of Calcified Seaweed.
Calcified Seaweed is a natural, organic conditioner for soils. It helps break down heavy soils but also encourages the development of beneficial micro-organisms. Its effect is to improve the soil structure, which helps plants to develop stronger root systems.
The result is healthier plants with more vigorous growth
Now everything has been added its just a case of giving it all a good mixing until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
At this point we leave the mixture to soak for at least 12 hours.
Once the mix has been soaked it can be blended with our other ingredients.
The mixture should be as follows:
1ltr of our newly made base mix
2ltr of general purpose compost
1ltr of medium grade perlite.
So after all your hard work and trouble you should be left with the perfect compost for your beloved chilli plants.