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Re: Peat prices increase.

The Royal Horticulture Society & the National Trust of GB have outlawed the
use of peat in any of their properties as it is a non-renewable resource. I
don't think the Sphagnum is quite the same but this may be partly that the
demand is bigger than the supply!

From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 6:41 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Peat prices increase.

> Hi all....
> Perhaps this is the time to stock up on peat moss, if one uses it a lot.
>  We were told to expect peat to be harder to find this year and prices to
> rise, Canadian peat producers said. According to Gerry Hood, president of
> Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Assoc. who said... "This spring and early
> we have experienced very wet weather in our major production areas,
> in
> one of the poorest harvests in years. Usually by the end of June, the
> industry has harvested 30 to 40 percent of its needs. This year, less than
> 20 percent has been harvested" The weakening US dollar doesn't help
> either....it has created a 11% decrease for producers even as labor and
shipping costs
> have increased.
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
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