My late winter farming friends: perlite, vermiculite and peat moss, the raw ingredients for a standard seed starting mix. For most veggies and herbs, I mix all three in equal parts, although a combination of any two would likely do as well. It’s soilless (no bacteria, sterile), holds water well and allows oxygen to get around…all a seed really needs in the way of ground to get started.
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I am using the same dry loose-fill vermiculite in large 100L bags but for heat insulating wood fired brick ovens I build. I was looking for US bag sizes in cu-ft measures. My page on thermal vermiculite insulation. Thanks for the photo and all the best.
Perlite and peat moss (coco coir if your more enviromentally sensitive) is all you really need, the vermiculite is kind of pointless, because it does the same exact thing as the peat moss but not even close to as effectivley.
Also on a side note, always check your amendments or starter materials for OMRI certifications, Fafard peat moss is not totally organic… minerals such as vermiculite and perlite are fine unless treated, but peat moss usually has inorganic material added to it. Some companies attempt to trick consumers by labeling as organic, but putting an asterisk(*) on the label, when you read the fine print you see clearly that it is purley marketing gimmicks. I would also like to add that peat moss is a superior product but the means of commercially obtaining it are destroying swamplands and beat bogs all over the world. Coco coir is a much friendlier and almost as effective as an organic soiless medium or amendment.
Correction: *Beat bogs = Peat Bogs*