10 April 2012: While the government and teams of growing media experts continue to debate how to phase out the use of peat in the horticultural industry, the major producers continue to harvest this precious resource regardless of the fact that the solution is already available from Bristol-based Carbon Gold.
Growing trials continue to confirm that GroChar All Purpose and Seed Composts from Carbon Gold are top-performing alternatives to using peat. The composts are both Soil Association approved for organic growing.
Craig Sams, founder of Carbon Gold, said: “The discussions about reducing the use of peat in horticultural products have been going on for years. It is time that the industry recognised that we don’t need to go on looking for an alternative – we already have one.
“We are extending our growing trials throughout 2012 but we have already shown that peat can be replaced and still achieve equivalent results. We cannot continue to dig up peat and import it from around the world. This is bad for climate change and threatens biodiverse environments.”
Carbon Gold products are based on carbon-rich biochar, a form of charcoal which is manufactured using sustainable raw material from FSC and Fairtrade certified forestry and woodland management, and from lignin-rich organically certified coir, imported in a dry compressed form.
“These are the major components of peat but ours does not takes thousands of years to create locked into air-tight bogs” says Sams. “The solution to the peat crisis is available now and the more gardeners use it, the quicker they will discover that peat is simply not necessary to grow successful flowers, vegetables, fruit and trees.”
All-Purpose Compost Trial
Little Gem lettuce plugs were used in a trial of Carbon Gold’s All-Purpose Compost (left), which was trialled against a leading peat-free option (centre) and a top-rated organic compost (right) over a three week period.