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Greener Gardening: Going Peat-free in your floristry business

Peatlands are precious which are home to rare and unusual plants, birds, and insects. Peat formation is made from decaying plants in soil that is waterlogged. The key component of peat is a moss called sphagnum, which forms multi-coloured carpets across the landscape and breaks down very slowly under the waterlogged conditions.

For years many people did not understand the significance of Peat, so it was extracted for horticulture (gardening and growing) but this is having a very negative impact on our whole ecosystem, and scientists are encouraging us to stop using this precious soil.

 

Why should you go peat-free? 

Peatlands support a rare range of threatened species and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Our peatlands store more carbon than the whole of the forest of the UK France and Germany combined. 

Peat is a preserver! The lack of Oxygen within peat slows down the process of decomposition.

When Peatlands are drained stored carbon is released into the atmosphere. 

Sadly peatlands in the UK are amongst the most damaged in the world.

What can we do to support a peat-free world?

Peat Free Purchasing – only ever purchase compost that is clearly labelled as “peat free”. If this is not visible on the bag of compost, then it is likely to contain peat.

Our tips for peat-free gardening and flower farming? 

Vegetable water is rich in nitrogen, why not try watering your plants with your leftover cooking water?

Composts that contain wool are great for improving water retention.

An organic tomato feed can be used as a feed for both indoor and outdoor plants.

Why not recycled your teabags – tea is a great natural fertiliser, simply sprinkle the loose tea leaves around the base of your plants.

Don’t run water through your pots, this rinses away precious nutrients, try adding ice cubes and let them naturally melt slowly so no water runs out of the bottom.

 

What are you growing this gardening season? Have you tried our seeded paper, this is fully recycled paper that once it has served its purpose it can be planted into compost to continue it’s life as it grows in wildflowers, including Corn Poppy, English Daisy, Black-Eyed Susan and Snapdragons. 

Why not have a look at our seeded paper which can be transformed into everything from tags, greeting cards and labels for your floristry business.

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