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tippben
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:37 pm    Post subject: Using peat in the garden. Reply with quote

We inherited a large pile of old dry turf from my father in law. Lots of it has degraded, and turned to very small lumps and powder. We don't buy peat turf, as we have good access to sustainable wood as fuel instead, but we are going to burn what we already have. If I sieve out the pile, to save the burnable bits (using a homemade chicken wire sieve, then a normal soil sieve), what is the best way to use the resultant dust and small scraps in the garden? It is about five years old, and very dry.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about adding it, a little at a time into your compost heaps ??
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or mulch to stop weeds.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With peat dust, sawdust and coal dust I actually use it for its original purpose by saving bread bags (or other polythene bags) and half filling them, then putting them on the fire on top of larger stuff so that it doesn't fall through.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We put our dust in juice/milk cartons and put on the fire or just bank up the fire overnight with it. It will still be alight in the morning.
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