- Thu Feb 09, 2023 4:10 pm
So from what I gather here so far is that this is a slight misstep by the UK government. If companies that make potting soils, that for some reason include peat moss in their mixtures (which I also gather that isn't necessary), would cut back their use of peat moss this wouldn't be perceived as an issue, yes?
To be fair, at one point the UK government suggested, or maybe they've already started, "re-wilding" parts of the UK: basically meaning cutting back on any building of housing (even though the UK is having an issues with a shortage of homes), farming land (the UK has been worried about food shortages the past 2-ish years) or infrastructure in some parts of the UK to let nature take over, as well as introducing certain wildlife into the UK. Unfortunately the wildlife suggested to bring back isn't just, say, harmless small birds or types of trees, it also includes wolves and wild boars. Those of us in some parts of the US know what trouble wild boars are so why the UK needs them, I don't even think the people suggesting "re-wilding" know why they should introduce big and mean wild boars to the country side.
Not to delve too much into politics, but the government of the Netherlands at one point was worried about their bogs due to farming, which I imagine is already pretty heavily regulated, and so part of the proposed solution was to...kill off a third of the cattle and limiting the amount of cattle Dutch farmers could own. Needless to say, the Dutch farmers didn't take kindly to this.
Anyway while I wouldn't mind looking into other substrates besides peat moss, I don't think for my uses cases it's something to really be bothered about. I would be interested in how well some plants would grow in a quality cocount coir.