- Thu Nov 04, 2021 10:19 pm
I've rinsed all the peat I've used because I try to be a do it once and do it well kind of person, but it's still a massive pain. I just chuck some in a cheap pillowcase, toss that in a 5gal Lowe's bucket, and run some water from my rain barrel in it and swirl it around a bit and dump the water. Rinse and repeat a couple times (or more for germinating seeds), and it's not too bad to do in bulk. Problem is, I haven't found a good way to squeeze the excess water out afterward. So far I've just been doing it by the handful, but I always worry what the neighbors are thinking when they see me squeezing handfuls of dirt and chucking it into a trashcan for 4 hours straight. Maybe a couple plastic storage tubs that stack into each other with holes drilled in the bottom of one, idk. Tried it with nesting buckets but I couldn't get enough force on it to accomplish much. Of course just wringing the whole bag out gets rid of a good bit of water, but still not really enough to prep for long term storage. At this point laying a board across it and running over it with the car somehow seems like it could have potential, but I'm definitely open to any better ideas.
I am a little intrigued by your idea though, but, and I'm not sure whether it'd be justified or not, but I'd be a little hesitant personally to use peat that was left outside to dry naturally for an extended period of time as germination substrate at least since it'd be collecting whatever fungal spores were floating around in the meantime.