The Q&A Archives: Non-acid Alternative to Peat moss

Question: What is the non-acid alternative to using Peat moss in the soil?

Answer: If you're trying to improve the organic matter content of your soil, compost is the best amendment you can give your garden. It's often sold at garden centers and nurseries in large bags, or you can make compost in your own yard from yard waste, food scraps (except meat and dairy), etc. Another option is Coco Peat (avaiable from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, PO Box 2209, Grass Valley, CA 95945, toll-free ph# 888/784-1722), which is made from coconut hull fiber. You may be able to find other types of coconut fiber at garden centers (it's also called "coir"). I've used a coir product mixed with a peat-based container mix for my container plants this summer, and it's worked really well. Hope this helps!

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