Now is the time of year where all garden folk are assembling their supplies for the year's garden. On the top of most people's lists are seed starting supplies: seeds, lights, trays, and growing medium. In the past, I have used Jiffy peat discs and loose peat for starting my vegetable seeds and had great success. However, I just read this article in this month's issue Organic Gardening that has made me reconsider peat as a growing medium. Apparently, it may not be as sustainable as some of us think. Here's the link to the article:
Organic Gardening: Questioning Peat Moss
So, I have decided to try compressed coir discs this year. They are made from coconut husks, which I'm told is a more sustainable resource. Jiffy 7C discs are relatively cheap (about a dime each) and actually seem to absorb water a lot faster than peat pellets. I had a little trouble finding them for sale in small lots (less than 1000 count boxes), but I finally bought mine from FarmTek. Why not give it a try?