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What alternatives can I use instead of peat?

There are several currently on the market, and they all use cheap waste materials instead of peat. It is important to read the labels - look for PEAT FREE. Anything without that will contain peat. If your favourite garden centre does not stock what you want, please ask them, if necessary again and again; meanwhile, take your custom elsewhere.

Peat alternatives are good as soil improvers, and there is no need to use up peat when other materials can be effectively dug in to improve soil structure. They are also good as a growing medium for seeds and cuttings. However, care needs to be taken as plants respond in varying ways to the different growing media. Watering is a key issue and different plants’ requirements may not be met by using the compost in the same way. Always check the contents and carefully read the instructions on the bag.