A Homemade Life
Welcome to Homemade Life.

To take full advantage of everything offered by our forum, please log in if you are already a member or join our community if not ....

Chilli-head
Who is online?
In total there is 1 user online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 1 Guest

None

Most users ever online was 62 on 10th April 2015, 8:24 am
Latest topics
» Springtime (?) in the March garden
by Chilli-head Yesterday at 8:51 pm

» What are you harvesting today?
by Ploshkin Yesterday at 2:09 pm

» The frozen February garden
by Chilli-head 25th February 2019, 1:25 pm

» What have I done in the workshop today?
by FloBear 24th February 2019, 7:03 pm

» What arts and craft things have you been making lately?
by Ploshkin 20th February 2019, 10:33 am

» Green guilty pleasures and penance !
by Dandelion 15th February 2019, 6:11 pm

» Hornbeam avenue
by FloBear 15th February 2019, 5:00 pm

» The gardener's yearbook
by Chilli-head 4th February 2019, 1:24 pm

» Eco funeral options ...
by Dandelion 3rd February 2019, 5:17 pm

» Hungry Birds
by Ploshkin 1st February 2019, 1:01 pm

» First go at proper wine
by FloBear 30th January 2019, 6:36 pm

» January, welcome in a new gardening year
by FloBear 25th January 2019, 2:14 pm

» Seed swap anyone?
by FloBear 25th January 2019, 2:12 pm

» What are you preserving today?
by freebird 18th January 2019, 12:30 pm

» Food environmental impact
by Chilli-head 17th January 2019, 3:36 pm

» Right to repair
by Chilli-head 13th January 2019, 12:03 pm

» New Kiva loan
by Dandelion 4th January 2019, 3:40 pm

» Kiva - Loans that change lives.
by Chilli-head 3rd January 2019, 3:37 pm

» Kiva repayments
by Chilli-head 2nd January 2019, 5:47 pm

» More mead ...
by Chilli-head 2nd December 2018, 9:41 pm

Statistics
We have 243 registered users
The newest registered user is 1mhavener@gmail.com

Our users have posted a total of 45529 messages in 2327 subjects
Donate to our chosen Charity
Homemade Life forum supports Kiva micro-loans: supporting people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. You can donate here
Pages we like:


HML on FaceBook

Alternative to Vermiculite?

Go down

default Alternative to Vermiculite?

Post by Sparhawk on 9th January 2010, 9:21 pm

The past couple of months magazines have been getting ready for this years growing season & nearly all are recommending planting various seeds in pots & covering with a thin layer of vermiculite, having thought about this in a particularly dull moment while having to have a 'work break' (occupational hazzard I suppose!!!)

I wondered whether tea leaves from used tea bags would be a good alternative...

Having just looked at a couple of bits on the www. I think they would have nearly the same properties plus being a darker colour would absorb a bit more warmth.

A downside may be that tea leaves would draw more water & become a bit of a mass...

bigthink

................................................................................................................................
"the luxuries of civilisation satisfy only those wants which they themselves create..."
                 The Worst Journey In The World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1922)

                "Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica,
    leads a ragtag, fugitive fleet, on a lonely quest—for a shining planet known as Earth."
Sparhawk
Sparhawk

Posts : 1787
Join date : 2009-11-15
Age : 51
Location : Isle of Wight

Back to top Go down

default Re: Alternative to Vermiculite?

Post by Adrian on 9th January 2010, 9:34 pm

I think that you would run a very high risk of damping off seedlings if you use tealeaves

................................................................................................................................
Paradise Papercraft
Etsy shop
Adrian
Adrian
Founder and crotchety old git who wanders around in a threadbare dressing gown muttering

Posts : 2944
Join date : 2009-11-06
Age : 49
Location : Paradise, Nova Scotia

http://www.paradisepapercraft.ca

Back to top Go down

default Re: Alternative to Vermiculite?

Post by Sparhawk on 9th January 2010, 9:38 pm

Thanks Badger...

................................................................................................................................
"the luxuries of civilisation satisfy only those wants which they themselves create..."
                 The Worst Journey In The World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1922)

                "Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica,
    leads a ragtag, fugitive fleet, on a lonely quest—for a shining planet known as Earth."
Sparhawk
Sparhawk

Posts : 1787
Join date : 2009-11-15
Age : 51
Location : Isle of Wight

Back to top Go down

default Re: Alternative to Vermiculite?

Post by Compostwoman on 9th January 2010, 11:25 pm

Badger is correct, I have tried this as an experiment for exactly that reason and most died....
avatar
Compostwoman

Posts : 5688
Join date : 2009-11-08

Back to top Go down

default Re: Alternative to Vermiculite?

Post by Sparhawk on 9th January 2010, 11:30 pm

Well all that was wasted was a particularly dull "work break" then... lol! beer

................................................................................................................................
"the luxuries of civilisation satisfy only those wants which they themselves create..."
                 The Worst Journey In The World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1922)

                "Fleeing from the Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica,
    leads a ragtag, fugitive fleet, on a lonely quest—for a shining planet known as Earth."
Sparhawk
Sparhawk

Posts : 1787
Join date : 2009-11-15
Age : 51
Location : Isle of Wight

Back to top Go down

default Re: Alternative to Vermiculite?

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum