This sustainable natural resource, considered ‘essential’ by the Canadian government as so many industries got closed by COVID-19 rules–
keeps seedling and cutting producers in business and is the perfect seed-starting medium that is hard to replace.
There are over 114,000,000 hectares of peat resources exist in Canada.
Some 32,000 hectares (60,000 acres) are being harvested, and 9,000 are post harvest (and over 50% of those hectares are or have been ‘reclaimed’ to a natural state post harvest).
An estimated 20 Million Tons of peat are formed per year naturally in Canada, and 1.38 million tons are harvested annually. So the harvest could be 10 times increased and not reduce peat acreage in Canada.
This is a never-ending natural resource.
Only 30 to 45 days a year is the conditions right to harvest–so the families that have made a living from peat for generations have less than a couple months to secure their yearly livlihoods. Any ‘peat shortages’ are due to regulations, rainfall and lack of labor.
85 % of Canadian peat acreage is virgin, never been touched.
Nations such as Finland, Ireland, Denmark and limited other places on earth produce peat from naturally ocurirng bogs. Especially in Scandinavian countries peat has been used to heat homes in times past.
Peanut hulls, rice hulls, pine fines, coir…there are things that can be good media besides peat for young plants…but modern greenhouse plant production for the masses certainly not the same if not for peat in the potting mix.