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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 10:47 am    Post subject: turf dust Reply with quote

Living here in west of ireland ,there is no shortage of turf dust . Its left over in sheds after turf is burned.My query is ?
Is it the same as peat compost one buys in shops and can you use it to grow ,say bedding plants ,seedlings, tubs for patio and so on
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's the same allright, but you may have some weed contamination but saying that I reckon some bags of peat I got last year were contaminated with willow seeds, they sprouted up from every container I put the peat in. The dried out peat may not have the same water holding properties it once had though, If using it would probably be better to mix with soil.
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks crosseyedsheep will give it a try and see what happens
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 5:17 pm    Post subject: Re: turf dust Reply with quote

spider wrote:
Living here in west of ireland ,there is no shortage of turf dust .



There will be soon if the greens stop us cutting turf. But we will still be able to haul oil thousands of miles for our heating. Rolling Eyes Thats ok because the government can tax it.

But enough of my rant, that is for another thread.


spider wrote:

Is it the same as peat compost one buys in shops and can you use it to grow ,say bedding plants ,seedlings, tubs for patio and so on


Not exactly the same, but is a great make-weight for filling your tubs etc. Much better than soil which can go hard when watered in tubs.

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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 1:15 pm    Post subject: Re: turf dust Reply with quote

BlackBird wrote:


There will be soon if the greens stop us cutting turf. But we will still be able to haul oil thousands of miles for our heating. Rolling Eyes Thats ok because the government can tax it.




Ohh controversial, probably right though.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i tried turf dust on hedging, disaster, they have nothing to grip on in the soil, poss better for surface roots, we can get loads of it, but will now mix with soils, and crosseyes is right, it can have it's own weed contamination. robert
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's not the government who want to stop the turf cutting - i'm sure they'd love to turn a blind eye to it, but it's the EU who want us to stop cutting turf.

the only good thing about turf as a fuel is the smell, anyway.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here is a story for around hte campfire. in a conversation with an elderly farmer, I voiced my concerns about the amout of turf removed rom the bog near us, my concerns were in relation to what happened in holland, were the only bog is simular to a museum, and that we should cherish what we have, befor it was gone, his reply was, sure wonrt we be able to make bricquets with the dust. neff said
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Best laugh I had was this morning, we are going to set up a big wind farm in The bog of Allen and sell the generated electricity to England, Still laughing so funny me thinks our ministers were at the wine lake in Brussels.
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