How to Use Sphagnum Peat

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Sphagnum peat, or sphagnum moss, is harvested from Northern Europe and Northern Canada to use as good drainage and nutrition in soil mixes. Find various uses for sphagnum peat with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on garden plants.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to use sphagnum moss. Now sphagnum moss is not something that grows naturally in your garden. It's taken out of the low lands on the marshy areas in Northern Europe and Northern Canada. So it takes years to regenerate. So it's not really a sustainable material and it's used pretty much any way that moss or anything that's got good drainage. It's mixed in with soil or it's use as a basis for many orchid mixes. And so it's great to use with orchids because it's got good drainage and it's something to grab on to and it has lots of nutrition. My attitude is you can always use bark and moss and other natural materials that are more sustainable on the end and you will find that you won't need to use the sphagnum peat and it is a good element to use in your garden but there are other choices. And it is good for the bottom of the containers or mixing with soil; but in the end, why would you get something from the North Pole or the Northern Canada when you have moss and grass clippings and bark dust in your backyard which are much more sustainable.


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