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Compost and Sustainability #PeatFreeApril

Today is the start of April and I want to give a heads up on compost before you rush out and buy - it's important to consider it's sustainability.

Peat composts have been around for many years but are they sustainable? As importantly do they work? Bogs are important for many reasons such as there own specific fauna and flora and their inhabitants; some of which can only be found in bogs.

I want to give you some reasons as to why you should not indulge in peat based compost and yes the alternatives work just as well!

So here goes...

Peat bogs cover just 3% of the earths surface but store 30% of the worlds carbon.

They are the worlds largest sink, storing more than all other types of vegetation combined.

Draining an harvesting peat releases hundred of years of stored carbon into the atmosphere accounting for around 5% of all global greenhouse gas emissions.

Peat accumulates at a rate of 2mm per year,harvesting removes 20cm a year, some schemes are in place to restore bogs that have bee harvested, their longterm success has yet to be proved.

As a result, the government has agreed with compost manufacturers that peat shouldn't be in composts for home gardeners by the end of 2020.

I will endeavour to update you with the alternatives in the next blog....

As many people are struggling with more home waste than usual due to Covid-19- now is a perfect time to start your compost bin for next year - using your cardboard, veggie peels, egg shells, tea bags or coffee grinds in a sustainable way - win, win!

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I want to leave you with a quote from everyone's' favourite gardener.

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Ben Davidson
Ben Davidson
20. Feb. 2023

I like watching videos and reading articles about agriculture and farming. I like your blog very much for its informative nature. I think if you released videos on your blog and on YouTube, you could attract more people to your blog and could share experiences with like-minded people. If you don't have a video app, you can check it out here, I think you'll find something for yourself

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As an academic writer online Among some of the most sustainable thing yo do is reworking into transforming the waste matter into compost reduces landfill waste bring great benefits like quality air, reduction of green gases and healthy soil etc.

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