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Peat Moss is an Organic, Fibrous Material

Peat Moss is an organic, fibrous material harvested from bogs where moss and other organic materials have decomposed anaerobically. Because the moss breaks down without oxygen, decomposition occurs as a natural process over an extended period.

Gardeners widely use peat moss to Improve Growing Conditions for Beneficial and Edible plants.

It is typically used as an amendment to soil or as a seed starter. Peat moss is also famous for hydroponic gardening because of its unique properties. This valuable material is an ideal soil conditioner because it loosens compact soils, improving aeration. Additional benefits include increasing the soil's water and nutrient-maintaining capacity, serving as a source of trace minerals, and providing acidity to the soil that is much needed by plants such as berries, basil, gourds, arugula, and more.

Peat Moss is sterile and free of pathogens and harmful chemicals or non-organic materials.


Peat moss is also an ideal option for gardeners with limited growing space


It is excellent for hanging plants, raised beds, or terrace gardening due to its lightweight and water-retaining properties. Peat moss is widely available and inexpensive. Peat moss is found in most home improvement stores, gardening centers, and some large retail supercenters.

Additionally, peat moss has historically had non-gardening uses for hundreds of years. The material has been used for making diapers, dressing wounds, production of electricity, and livestock bedding. The liquid expressed from peat moss has been used to treat skin conditions from scabies to acne due to its antiseptic properties and inhibiting bacterial growth. In more recent years, the byproduct created in peat moss production has been used as a packaging material.

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Peat Moss - Sphagnum. Peat moss is a dark brown, fibrous material comprised of decayed decomposed sphagnum moss and other living materials. Not to confuse sphagnum moss, peat moss is mainly used in potting soil or as a soil amendment. It can manage water well and absorb nutrients that otherwise dissolve from the ground. Peat moss can strengthen and improve the soil that it's mixed with. It is highly absorbent and is excellent as a seed starter. However, more is needed as a potting medium. Peat moss became accessible to farmers around the mid-1900s. Found in peat bogs, it takes many millennia for peat moss to form. Annually, peat bogs grow no more than a millimeter in depth, equivalent to about an inch over 15 to 25 years. Peat moss is not considered a renewable resource because of the thousands of years it takes for the bogs to mature. It is not regarded as sustainable because of how long it takes to produce, and there is much controversy surrounding it. Some consider over-harvesting harmful to the environment due to the carbon released into the atmosphere when it is gathered. Decomposition is slow with peat moss because it happens without air being present. You can find peat moss in wetlands and peat bogs worldwide. It is a sterile planting medium because it does not contain harmful weed seeds or dangerous pathogens. It has an acidic ph, ideal for plants such as blueberries, who love acidic amendments. Peat moss does not compact like most organic materials. It is springy when saturated and will rehydrate with ease. Peat moss will last for many years.

Peat Moss is Mainly Used as a Potting Soil Ingredient

Many layers of dead and living moss trap water and form peat bogs. The top layer is a luxurious, organic compound that is excellent for home gardens. This topcoat is cut into long rolls, dried, and either cut down again into bales or broken down and bagged. When mixed with sandy soil, peat moss helps the soil retain moisture for extended periods. Peat moss is more acidic than other compost types, making it great for plants such as blueberries, roses, and hibiscus. It can be used anywhere and is handy as a seed starter because it naturally retains many nutrients for healthy seedlings. It also encourages robust root growth, making it an excellent choice to add to the soil of container plants. It is also helpful in growing rare orchids, mushrooms, and carnivorous plants. Peat moss has been historically used to dress wounds during wartime and help insulate houses in northern regions of the world.

There are more than 350 species of sphagnum moss, meaning peat moss may vary from tan to dark brown to almost black. Like any other compost, it may be more or less crumbly depending on how long it has been allowed to age. Bagged peat moss tends to "fluff" more readily than the baled type. Some gardeners feel that the best peat moss is the "finely milled" and baled type, while the least expensive and more useful as potting soil filler is usually labeled simply as "sphagnum peat moss."

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