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the magic of mycorrhizal

Mycorrhizal? Let’s start with a more common word: symbiosis. We’ve all heard of that: where two different organisms live in a long-term relationship, usually (but not necessarily) benefitting each other. That’s pretty much what mycorrhizae are all about – a symbiotic association between a fungus (Greek: mykes) and a plant’s roots (Greek: rhiza). And in this case the partnership is mutually beneficial. The fungus supplies water and nutrients from the soil to the plant. In return, the plant supplies sugars by photosynthesis to the fungus.   We’re not done with Scrabble-busting words yet. A plant’s primary root system is called its rhizosphere. Mycorrhizal fungi augment this rhizosphere by providing a whole secondary root system for the plant, extending their filaments...

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re-using your coir compost

Who’d have thought you’d get so much from the humble coconut! Not only can you eat the white fleshy bits, drink its water, use its scent for cosmetics and lotions, turn its fibres into coir matting and, best of all, sustainably sourced compost (we would say that wouldn’t we), you can actually re-use the compost so that you get two bites of the cherry.   The secret is in its make-up. The premium coir we use in For Peat’s Sake consists of varied sizes of fibre, giving our compost a sturdy structure. This allows for good air circulation and water movement within the coir, preventing it compacting and starting to rot. This means that it’s much less likely to harbour...

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why you should use professional-grade coir compost

The use of coir compost is a very welcome development in the horticultural world, especially as amateur gardeners and houseplant lovers nationwide are cottoning on to its benefits. By ditching peat-based compost for an eco-friendly coir alternative, growers are helping protect our planet from the release of carbon into the atmosphere that occurs when we dig up peat bogs. Not all coir composts, however, are created equal. At the top of the league is the coir compost that’s the choice of commercial growers worldwide. We call it ‘professional-grade’ and it’s what each For Peat’s Sake block is made from. It has earned its premium position for two key reasons. First, when coir fibres are removed from the husks of coconuts to make...

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Buying compost online

A few years ago, the thought of buying compost online wouldn’t have entered most people’s heads. And that’s hardly surprising. Traditional compost is heavy which means you pay costly delivery charges. It’s messy too, should its plastic bag get ripped and the compost spill out, which often happens. Thanks to For Peat’s Sake, our peat-free eco-coir compost, the situation today couldn’t be more different. First, our compost is ridiculously light. The 11-litre block weighs a measly 600 grams. (The equivalent in traditional compost would be a whopping 3kgs.) And if you think 600 grams is light, our 3-litre ‘One-Pot Wonder’ block is a true featherweight, tipping the scales at only 140 grams. It fits neatly in the pocket of your average...

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