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View Poll Results: We want to know if you use peat or have done so in the past?

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  • Yes, I have never considered the environmental problems caused by using peat

    12 15.38%
  • Sometimes, I will only use peat if nothing else is readily available

    12 15.38%
  • Yes, I have used it in the past, but only by accident as the product was not labelled ‘Peat Free’

    9 11.54%
  • Yes, I used it before it became common knowledge that it was bad for the environment

    31 39.74%
  • No, I have never used it

    11 14.10%
  • Other (please specify)

    3 3.85%
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    Thank you all for taking the time to enter this poll - you're all sharing really valid points. If you've not yet voted, do let us know your position...we would love to hear from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarraceniac View Post
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    Looks like I'm with the majority. When I started growing last season I just went to B&Q looking for a bargain. I bought two big bags of compost - after filling the trough I made I noticed it was peat based, and only after really joining this community and taking a bit more of an interest in the environment did I realise that peat bogs / environments were being used up! Since then, I've always made the point of buying peat free compost - regardless of pricing differences.

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    It's interesting that most of the comments on this thread are concerned with people who try to act responsibly and avoid using peat - a sentiment I fully agree with. However if you look at the vote, at the moment there is still a significant number of people who have voted for using peat, would be interesting to hear their views - not trying to have a go here but would be nice to have the comments balanced with the vote

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    Until this year i always used DIY stores' multipurpose composts because of cost and availability but im pleased to say that im using peat free for the first time this year and im very keen to see the results. Even better that the DIY store i use is offering the peat free at the same price as the multipurpose and also on the 3 for £10 deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paula.berriman
    ...Even better that the DIY store i use is offering the peat free at the same price as the multipurpose and also on the 3 for £10 deal.
    Which store please?
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    [Head above parapet] I use peat based compost [/Head below parapet].

    Now before anyone jumps on their high horse let me clue you in a little more -

    I use energy saving lightbulbs, I drive less miles per week than I used to, I swopped my vintage Land Rover for a newer more fuel and emissions efficient car, I recycle everything that I possibly can, I switch electrical items off whenever possible and I've lowered the thermostat on the central heating system by a couple of degrees (actually installed a brand new boiler too), I have had the whole house insulated, bought all A rated efficiency white goods - the list goes on.
    So as you can see I am far from being an anti-environazi (although I do believe a lot of the so-called climate change evidence is flawed and that the myth is being perpetuated for political and taxation purposes, but that's an entirely different argument), but in actual fact I have spent thousands of pounds on reducing my so called carbon footprint.

    So why do I use peat based compost? Cost would be a factor, performance another, availability another, but probably most of all because freedom of choice means that I still can. When more people including the santimonious, self-serving politicians that perpetuate the climate change horror stories start making as much effort as I have to cause less impact on the environment maybe and it is only a maybe I might start using something different.
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    As I've said earlier, I use peat and like Rixy I have done all the green things. The only difference is I believe that man-made global warming is happening. Not because the politicians tell me so but because, as a trained scientist, I prefer to believe the science as opposed to something that just makes my own life more comfortable. Glad Rixy agrees that the evidence is a horror story.
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