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Re: CULT: antibacterial organics?


Linda said:

<< Hmm, I guess  that  means "peat moss" includes both Sphagnum and Hypnum
species.   Even though the authors go on to use "peat" and "peat moss"
 interchangeably for  several paragraphs, they then talk about Sphagnum moss
in a separate  section (including the paragraph about its antibacterial
properties). 
 No wonder the distinction isn't clear. >>

Apparently what is going on is this: there is Spagnum moss, which, when it
undergoes "peating" produces "spagnum peat," one of several types of peat.
Now, Spagnum moss which is "fresh", and apparently has some desirable some
microbial potentia, has not "peated" but may be "milled", that is ground up,
and this becomes a medium which is used for propagation purposes. 

I offer this illuminating blurb from a catalog of commercial horticultural
supplies:

"No Dampoff Milled Spagnum Moss

Amazing seed germinating medium for all types of seeds, bulbs, plants. Mother
Nature's surest and fastest starting medium for almost 100% seed germination.
Eliminates damping off. No chemical protectants or sterilization necessary.
Less overwatering danger. Produces tremendous root systems."

They also offer an unmilled form which is used for hanging baskets etc. Say
it absorbes 20 times its weight in water and offers great root aeration.

The stuff is pricey in any form.

Lovely day today, but dry. Finishing up the planting and just came to have a
soft drink and check the mail. Hope everyone is wrapping things up for the
season.

Anner Whitehead, Richmond, VA, Zone 7
Henry Hall  henryanner@aol.com
 





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