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use of peat

Having returned from 11 years in France I was face with developing my garden.

I was rather rusty on shrubs  so got ' The tree & shrub expert, by Dr.D. G. Hessayon

printed in 2012'     I have found this very helpful, but I am rather concerned that she recommends adding peat when planting.

I thought we had stopped using peat due it's depletion.


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    It's something you have to decide for yourself. He hasn't written the books lately, more up-dated them in some respects.

    Most of the peat comes from Ireland and Europe as the peat bogs in this country are often protected.

    Peat is an inert soil conditioner, it is of little nutritional value.
  • interesting.   However I must say that i have not seen peat around.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,591

    Plenty of shamrock irish peat in the garden centres. The irish burn 94% of what they dig out in power stations and open fires.

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