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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

How to Use Peat Moss/Organic Matter in Your Raised Bed: Retains Water!

How to Use Peat Moss/Organic Matter 
in Your Raised Bed: Retains Water!

Peat moss is not compost. If you can make your own compost or have access to it within your budget then I would use compost over peat moss. However, it is not always available. Or often you run out of your own stuff. Peat moss is a good option. It does come dry so you want to moisten it before you use it. The video will explain the process.




Peat moss is a great source of organic matter. I does not add nutrients to your soil but it does add organic matter for creating better soil. There is no nitrogen, phosphorous or potassium in it. I use peat moss to soften/loosen my clay soil. Peat moss really retains water and that will help maintain the structure of your soil and help your plants out. When growing root crops like radishes or carrots, you want a loose soil so the roots form uniformly.

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