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Trying to go peat-free

  • by JW

And trying to improve the quality of peat-free products [Bite Sized Gardening]


Last year, the Chelsea Flower Show product of the year a peat-free compost: RHS Chelsea Sustainable Garden Product of the Year 2022 / RHS Gardening

This year Chelsea “will be judged on how eco-friendly they are to reflect the demands of sustainable gardening”: Chelsea Flower Show Gardens To Be Judged On Eco Credentials in 2023

It will be interesting to see how peat-free products will feature, as there was dismay from environmental groups last month when the government announced that “for some professional growers, peat use will still be permitted for the next seven years”UK Government confirms ban on all peat-based gardening products will not be implemented until 2030 | The Wildlife Trusts

Meanwhile, the Wildlife Trusts are offering practical advice on the alternatives for non-professional gardeners: New guide for gardeners to go peat-free and help wildlife at home | The Wildlife Trusts

How to go peat free at home | Devon Wildlife Trust 

Interestingly, it’s an issue elsewhere too: Peat-based soil is an environmental nightmare. Try these alternatives. – The Washington Post

The problem is, as this very honest and very helpful guide from the Bite Sized Gardening blog shows, that the alternatives are often not very good: “For me the real problem isn’t the fact it’s peat free. It’s that what is being sold as peat free is rubbish. There needs to be a peat free standard imposed on those selling rubbish.The Disadvantages Of Peat Free Compost – Bite Sized Gardening

Click on the ‘related posts’ at the bottom of that piece for more guidance.