What is peat free compost
Potting composts are designed to provide plants with the best nutrients. Peat has been used as an important component to compost because peat can retain water and nutrients very well. Just as the name says, peat free compost contains no peat. Peat free compost is made with other types of composted biomass that do less harm to the world than peat. Peat free compost is made of 100% natural material to become an eco-friendly product. These materials are used in peat free compost:
- Wood: e.g. wood fibre, composted bark, sawdust, wood or paper waste.
- Coir: coconut fibre has excellent water-holding ability.
- Green compost: leaves, grass, weeds, animal manures.
- Waste materials: e.g. straw waste, wool waste, carpet waste and paper and cardboard production waste.
The use of peat free compost contributes to a better environment for both humans, nature and animals
What’s the difference between peat and peat free compost
We use compost to enrich our soil for the better growth of our plants and flowers. Adding compost or soil improvers helps provide the right growing conditions, resulting in healthier and stronger plants. The difference between peat and peat free compost is
- Peat based compost is made from a base of peat blended with other ingredients such as sand and/or grit, perlite or vermiculite and lime.
- Peat free compost is made of 100% natural materials, such as mentioned above, making it an eco-friendly product.
The difference between peat and peat free compost is that coir-based composts often look dry on the surface but are still wet, leading to overwatering problems.
Old peat free composts were of poor quality, but modern peat free composts are much better and will provide plants with just the nutrients they need for strong growth.
Why peat free compost
Peat extraction contributes to climate change because of its large carbon dioxide emissions. The peatland after the peat has been extracted takes a very long time to recover and re-grow. Peatland wildlife such as butterflies, dragonflies and birds need peat to survive. Because of the huge peat extraction, there is less peat left for the wildlife. Some species are in danger of becoming extinct.
Why use peat free compost
Garden Beauty acknowledges the limited access to peat and the peat-bog depletion and therefore decided only to use peat-free composts to grow their plants. Most, if not all, plants can thrive in peat-free composts and potting mixes. We took the step to switch to 100% peat-free grown plants without raising our prices. Now it’s up to you to buy 100% peat-free plants and contribute to a better future for the garden industry. Peat free compost:
- Re-wets easily
- Has a good water retention
- It doesn’t blow away in the wind
- It is pleasant to handle
- It is clean to use (no dirt peat-stained fingers ever again.
Buy peat free plants online
Garden Beauty offers over 1000 plants that are 100% peat free grown. Please be aware that some packages that say ‘organic’ doesn’t mean that they’re peat free, too. If the label doesn’t say ‘peat free’, it isn’t. You are 100% sure that all of the plants you order from Garden Beauty are 100% grown of peat free compost. We strive for a greener future and hope all of our customers do that too. Order your favourite hebes, shrubs, herbaceous, ferns and climbers and watch your plants grow beautiful and strong.