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Q.What To When You Put Spagnum Peat Moss In Dry In Vegetable Garden?

Zone Cleveland, Ohio | oklarr13 added on September 16, 2020 | Answered

HELP….I REALLY NEED SOME ADVICE!!! I have a garden bed that is full of clay. I heard that sphagnum peat moss was a good way to break down the clay and make it loamier to grow vegetables in. The problem is I was not aware I was supposed to soak it in water first before mixing it into the soil. Can I run a sprinkle and soak the area in water and get the same results as I would have if I had soaked it in a garbage pail before using it? I am afraid I have made a bad situation even worse. Please can someone give me an idea of what to do to get me out of this mess?

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Answered on September 17, 2020

No need to panic, I've added dry peat moss myself. The problem is when you add it dry, it actually repels water when added instead of absorbing it. Can you add some compost in as well before soaking with water? I think that will help retain some of the moisture. You also can apply warm water from the inside tap with a couple drops of dishwashing liquid per gallon and sprinkle on the soil. The peat will eventually start absorbing water, especially after a couple of good rains.

Here is more info about peat moss (It is now harvested more sustainably):


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