Re: [gardeners] peat

Allen and Judy Merten (
Sat, 17 Apr 1999 07:34:27 -0500

    Peat is a whole lot easier to mix when its dry. It is much lighter and
breaks up easier. If you are going to plant something in a hole that you
have mixed soil and peat's together just fill the hole to ground level
with water, let it soak in. After planting your transplant, soak the soil
that you backfilled the hole with to get rid of air pockets and this
should help saturate the peat/soil mix.
    Bastrop Co.,
    SE Central Tx.

c.l. avery wrote:

> Dear list,
>   The spring planting bug has bit me big time over the past few days.
>  I have just de-turfed a good portion of my hillside in anticipation
> of planting lowbush blueberries in there.  I have a question though,
> and I am sure that one of the great gardeners here on the list will be
> able to answer.  When I dig up the soil of the site to improve it, and
> put peat into it, should the peat moss be wet first before I mix it in
> with the soil? or put it into the hole dry and wet it afterwards?
> I've read in the Washington Post Gardening book for my area that peat
> moss should be wetted first and allowed to soak up the moisture for a
> day or two and then it should be dug into the site.  What do ya'll do?
>   Thanks,
>     Clavery
>     Zone 7b
>      Bethesda
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