One Simple Swap – No Peat Moss

With such our short June-August growing season, we’re strategic about getting our veggie gardens launched. Starting seeds in our greenhouse on heating mats under LED grow-lights really helps. So does having a good seed-starting mix. 

Most commercially available mixes include peat moss, an amazing (and inappropriately inexpensive) material, which provides volume, drainage, moisture retention, and acidic organic material. It’s also best left unharvested and in the ground. Here’s why:

So, what to use? We are investigating peat-free products this year: 

Irrigate, fertilize, and harden off before transplanting seedlings.  

We love a good experiment. We’ll keep you updated!


Laura & Gil

Our friends Laura & Gil Richardson are, in their own words, “imperfect” but they are much further down this Planetarian path than anyone I know. They are a treasure trove of sustainable living inspiration and we’ve asked them to share one simple swap per week that they’ve made (and the products they love) in hopes it might inspire you to make them, too.

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