Peat Moss and Coir Dec 24, 2019 1:52:53 GMT -5
Post by flowerbug on Dec 24, 2019 1:52:53 GMT -5
i've found that with heavy soil it isn't too hard to make your own peat like materials if you can get any leaves, sawdust, twigs, small pieces of rotting wood, bark, etc to bury for a few years.
i originally did this sort of thing to use the organic materials as a filler to perch gardens higher to get above flash flood stage. it also gave some improved drainage. since there are so many gardens here i don't always get back to a spot i've buried things for several years.
in one garden i was renovating this past summer i found a seam of materials i had buried four or more years ago. it was down about a foot and a half to two feet. when i dug it up it looked exactly like peat moss except it smelled of methane and bog. if i'd have lit a match near it i'm sure it would have flamed.
i don't have access to coir for free (which is how i prefer to get organic materials to use as mulches or filler for perching). we do get some wood chips delivered by tree service people or we haul some ourselves if we can get access to a truck. with as many gardens as we have there's no shortage of work needing to be done so not every garden gets a fresh topping each season or sometime for several years.
by the time the woodchips have mostly decayed and start sprouting a lot of weeds that is the sign that they are ready to be used in a vegetable garden as a nice amendment of humus. some of this humus will be scraped up and used in my small scale worm farm:
i use these to regenerate garden soil and also to do our food/paper scraps composting. it's been a great hobby since 2010. we don't keep any other animals so they are the way to complete the cycle as much as i can with our limitations. a lot of fun studying decomposition and the soil community.