Peat moss blocks are a great money saver as they expand when introduced to water providing you with a large quantity of peat moss that can be watered out over time as needed.
It has many uses and is often used for pets bedding and for plants as it is a great source to keep water retention and humidity.
It is the dark brown fibrous product of sphagnum moss and other organic materials that decompose in peat bogs over thousands of years.
It doesn’t really decompose because it is so anaerobic and this process takes very slowly.
The decomposition process happens without the presence of air, which slows the development rate. It only gains less than one millimetre in depth each year.
One day, the producers show up. They drain the bog, dig the peat moss layers.
They process it, get it dried, package it in a bag, and sell it to the gardening stores.
Benefits of Peat moss:
Cleanliness: You will love this characteristic the most if you know that lots of growing materials, especially organic ones are not really clean. With peat moss, you’ll find it easy to work with. And if you happen to drop some wet mosses, just pick it up, get it dried, or sweep it up.
Sterile: One of the best features is its sterility. It doesn’t have any bacteria, fungus, harmful chemicals, and no weed seeds. This makes the material perfect for seedlings, which are quite vulnerable to the surrounding environment.
Moisture retention: It can absorb and retain water very well. This makes a great place for seed starting and as the mixes with other growing materials.
Availability: Easily found and produced.
Even though peat moss absorbs water well, it does not compact, unlike soil. The problem with compaction is that it makes it hard to create any space for the water and the air to pass through. By introducing it to any compact material, the compaction problem is solved and makes the growing mix drain better.