Renewable Peat Moss Substitute

By Charlie Nardozzi

Peat moss is one of the most widely used soil amendments in home gardens. Although peat moss is still abundant in Canada where the bulk of it is produced, there have been concerns about the draining and mining of peat moss bogs and destruction of these habitats. Peat alternatives, such as coir, are available, but they don't have the same qualities as peat moss. Now a new product is available that has some of the best qualities of peat moss, but uses a recycled waste product as the main ingredient.

RePeat is made from dairy manure that has been run through an anaerobic digestor. The result is a product that has similar porosity, water-holding ability, and cation exchange capacity as peat moss, with a more neutral pH and lower salt content. Digestors are set up on large dairy farms across the country, so the production is decentralized, reducing the transportation costs. The cost is comparable to peat moss, and bags of RePeat are available at selected garden centers.

For more information about RePeat peat moss substitute, go to: Organix.

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