Beginner gardeners may be wondering: what exactly is Peat Moss? Peat Moss is a growing material made up of dead moss and other materials that form in the inside of Peat Bogs. The growing material is composed completely of moss, and develops over a period of several millenia. It is considered to be a 100% organic growing material.
However, because it takes decades to form this growing matter, it can often be expensive, hard to come by, and even harder to find! So, let’s talk alternatives! Here are 5 things I love to use as an alternative to peat moss.
What the heck is perlite? Well, Perlite is “puffed up” rock material from volcanoes. Because Perlite is course, it absorbs and stores necessary soil nutrients to help your plants retain water. Line the bottom of your containers with a layer of perlite and cover with potting soil as an alternative to peat moss. Purchase Perlite here!