French garden diary – October 2019

Peat-free composting starts now: October sees Cathy Thompson planning a peat revolution.. and you can join her

At the moment an organic gardening friend of mine is continually putting me to shame on Twitter. Every time I look (admittedly not very often), I find another tweet from him pressuring for the use of peat-free compost.

This is a campaign that has been going on in Britain for literally decades now, but the government has now committed to eradicating peat in amateur potting composts by next year, and the Eden Project and the National Trust have banned its use for some time.

We all know the reason – and it seems more pertinent than ever this year, doesn’t it? Peat bogs take thousands of years to form and a one-metre depth is said to be the result of a millennium’s worth of decomposition, with the ...

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