Peat bogs are home to some unique mosses and insects. They’re really important conservation ground and preserve some amazing finds that surface every now and then including ancient Britons.
Although peat isn’t essential for gardens, it’s been commercially excavated and sold by garden centres to people who don’t realise the damage that’s being done. So the next time you’re at the garden centre, ask for a peat-free alternative. There are many choices, including coir, which is made from waste products from the coconut industry.
Better still, start your own compost heap and save yourself the money. Kew Gardens recycle 99% of their plant waste as compost.
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