Peat-free compost

This morning, I did my first Pilates class in an attempt to strengthen my back muscles. So far, so good. I didn’t attempt to lift the bag of compost I bought later on too much, though.

It took me long enough to find a bag which was peat-free. At first, I thought it was going to be an impossible task….

Someone who works at the chosen garden centre told me that all compost was without peat these days, which I pointed out didn’t seem to be the case. The bag I had just been looking at, for example, contained somewhere between 40 and 70% peat. But then he showed me a pallet of what I had been looking for. Phew!

Ideally, I would have stuck to my own sources to fill the pot I got from my dad

but it is very big. I’m certainly not going to try to lift it once it’s full!

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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15 Responses to Peat-free compost

  1. Sharon says:

    A hugel-pot. I must try that.

  2. Karen says:

    Good luck with your hugel pot, I have read that gardeners have been successful with them.

  3. Best of luck with the Pilates .. I enjoy that and yoga regularly 😊

  4. I love Pilates! I’ve been taking classes twice a week for a decade and it really has helped my back. I was always sore at the beginning, but I’ve strengthened over the years. I hope you enjoy it too. I just “harvested” some of my compost last night. It was a messy affair, but delightful, too, seeing all that rich, dark earth. I sifted the larger pieces out and tossed them back on top, careful not to disturb the worms. I’m going to have to check for peet in future trips to the garden center. Thank you for that tip.

    • Helen says:

      Good to hear your endorsement of Pilates, Alys. I felt wonderful for a day or two after my class on Monday but now am back to ‘normal’. Hopefully, I will learn the moves soon as I can do them at home, too. Glad Pilates helps your back.

      • It takes time to build up those muscles, but if you stick with it, you will notice the difference. If you can incorporate some of the moves to a home routine, all the better. And if you don’t already have a foam roller, they are a wonderful thing to stretch and relax your back.

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