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Davdon
Wethersfield, CT

April 5, 2012
5:33 AM

Post #9070492

My soil seems to be a little hard. It's not clay or sand but something in between. Should I add peat moss to it? I've read that the moss will make the soil more loose for better drainage and root growth. Also,for the last two years my carrots have come out stumpy. They taste good but look real funny. Do you think the peat moss will help that?
yardener
Greenfield, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 5, 2012
6:31 AM

Post #9070556

Some say "yes" and some say "no."
The negatives of peat would be that it doesn't add anything in the way of nutrients, plus some say it can lower the PH. For this I have used it sparingly.
In situations like yours, I have used it in combination with compost and had good results.
Now my neighbor, on the other hand, uses it religiously in here vegetable garden and last year her tomatoes kicked my tomatoes butts.
My final word is that it won't hurt, but I think you will be happier adding compost or a mixture of humus.





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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 5, 2012
7:09 AM

Post #9070587

I would definitely look into amending your soil, but I would also suggest adding compost instead of peat moss. The other issue with peat moss is that it is very hard to wet--many potting mixes for containers have a lot of peat and that's why once you let them dry out completely you can have a really hard time getting the soil re-wetted all the way through. Too much peat mixed in your garden bed could cause a similar problem. Also peat is also not a very renewable resource whereas compost is, so if you worry about things like that compost would be a "greener" choice as well.
birke
Broward County, FL
(Zone 10b)

April 6, 2012
11:48 AM

Post #9072014

I added peat moss and compost both to amend my sandy soil and you can clearly seaa that the peat moss made the soil lighter and "fluffy".
NatureLover1950
Vicksburg, MS
(Zone 8a)

April 7, 2012
4:02 AM

Post #9072761

I started out with very poor clay "soil" in my garden spot. Each year we till in lots of leaves and I add Black Kow manure to the planting holes of things like tomatoes, cukes, etc. I also mulch with wheat straw which is tilled in at the end of summer. It's made a huge difference in the soil which now looks so much better and grows a much better garden. At first when we tilled the garden there were huge unmanageable clumps of clay but now it's soft and MUCH easier to work with. Another thing you can do is plant clover (I use red clover) in the fall, let it grow and then till it in before it has a chance to go to seed--it's great green manure.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 7, 2012
9:12 AM

Post #9073047

Peat moss is hard, it can burn slow fires when wet, can turn your soil into a cement brick- it is after all the next thing to coal- use sparingly. Compost is best
Chad6379
West Jordan, UT

March 16, 2013
7:51 AM

Post #9451181

I was looking at adding it to my garden soil. Tilling it in of course. pH level is around 7.5 and need about a 6 for what my wife plants. (tomatos, corn, cucumbers, Zukini, pumpkins, green beans, halapeanio bell & bannana peppers, carrots)
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

March 16, 2013
10:43 AM

Post #9451327

Compost and maybe even some Perlite to loosen the soil up a bit.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 16, 2013
1:48 PM

Post #9451467

It would take so much peat to change that alkalinity! and moisture control is absolute with peat. Your compost - I realize Utah soil is a lot of hard sand (always wondered why it wasn't pure salt to be honest) many many plants can be used to make your compost and this can also contribute to your ph... have you looked into a raised bed or lasagna style area? After all, peat was once upon a time the same plants that make up compost, more so than just leaves, but small shredded pieces of wood, adjusted by fertilizers to allow the nitrogen into the soil that wood uses...carrots- you need loam for pretty carrots and they take forever to grow! try straw bale gardening for carrots up there-you can always then turn the straw bales into the garden soil I believe. Careful that the straw is safe for gardening or it could have growth restrictors in the form of previous spraying for pest and weed control...Adding peat isn't an instant answer either, it can take several years to accomplish the ph change...
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2013
12:51 PM

Post #9457149

Chad-I've been growing all those veggies for years in soil that has around an 8 PH, with no problems. You can lower the PH with sulphar, but I would be too concerned about it.

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