What can I do with my used seed quilts you ask? ANYTHING but the garbage can is my reply!! There are lots of ways to repurpose or upcycle your mats.
First, peel off the seed layer and scrub or snip the roots off.
Give the mat a good washing with a natural gentle dish soap.
Then let the fun begin!
IN THE KITCHEN:
Cut them into thirds and use as scrubbers. These days many of the natural sponges have a coco fiber layer JUST like your mats.
IN THE BATHROOM:.
You can use a piece as a soap holder in your shower or bathtub.
IN THE GARDEN:
Cube them and use as a mulch in your garden bed or containers. Coco fiber has excellent water retention properties. You can add more as you use your mats over time. It will break down and add organic matter to your soil. WIN WIN!
Cut them into a circle and use to cover the drainage hole in the bottom of your garden pots or seed starter trays. This will allow drainage but keeps the soil inside. BOOM!
Tear them up and add to your orchid pots as a natural mulch.
(I actually put these in my blendtec and let them spin for a few seconds to unwind the mats, but not sure how that would work in a regular blender, it was just my time saving hack.)
At the very least you should compost your mats. I home compost mine and have found a few tricks that help. I peel off the seed layer since I don’t want a bunch of “volunteer” plants in my compost bin. Then I either peel the remaining coco mat into layers or cut it with heavy kitchen shears into strips or cubes. That way it composts more quickly. The more you break it down the more quickly it will decompose. It is considered a brown for those of you that compost.
Feeling crafty? Why not make some ornaments for an au natural Christmas tree this year! All you need is a sharpie, some sharp scissors, a few cookie cutters and some colorful cord to make a fun and crafty ornament. Use a skewer to poke a hole for the cord.