Re: [gardeners] peat

Penny Nielsen (
Mon, 19 Apr 1999 14:25:26 -0300

When I first started one of my beds and had to add lots of peat to it, I just laid the bag on its side, slit it with a knife and added water to it from the garden hose.   I added just enought water to wet it - not soak it - like you would with the soilless seed starting medium.  I definitely found it easier to incorporate into the soil when it was moist than when it was dry.  If you end up adding it in its dry state, might want to wear a mask cause there are lots of fine particles.

Penny in Halifax, N.S. 

>>> "c.l. avery" <> 04/17/99 12:22AM >>>
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?

    Zone 7b

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