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Recent Examples on the Web While the bulbs are out of the bed, take the opportunity to turn the soil and then incorporate some compost, rotted manure or peat moss to enrich the soil. Dan Gill,, "Get the dramatic look of amaryllises in your home for the holidays, but you have to pot them now," 11 Nov. 2020 Hang upside down to dry before cutting off the stalk, and store in boxes lined with newspaper, slightly damp sawdust, wood shavings or peat moss. Tim Johnson,, "Uproot delicate dahlia tubers now so they can overwinter indoors," 1 Nov. 2020 Adding amendments such as peat moss, sand or foreign soils to the backfill not only wastes money but is detrimental to tree health and growth. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Now that you’ve dug a hole, here’s how to plant your tree," 26 Oct. 2020 But, recovered in plugs of ancient peat moss, this yellow fertilizing powder holds a key to the history of Holocene forests. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, "‘The Journeys of Trees’ Review: Giants in Transit," 9 Oct. 2020 As a quick review, new beds should be a loose mixture of your site’s native soil, compost (not peat moss), organic fertilizer, rock minerals — especially lava sand and Azomite — and microbe stimulators, especially dry molasses and whole cornmeal. Dallas News, "Now that your beds are ready, it’s time to plant," 22 Sep. 2020 Till compost, peat moss and similar materials with the soil four to six inches deep. Tom Maccubbin,, "How to improve sandy soil for gardening," 8 Aug. 2020 Also called dry toilets, these act as their own processing facility, in which solids (including toilet paper) are deposited into a tank that also contains peat moss or coconut coir, a fiber from the outer husk of coconuts. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Portable Toilets Engineered for Emergency Relief," 5 May 2020 The Fort McMurray wildfires had begun in peat swamps along the Horse River, a wet forest where native trees sported scarves of water-dense, flame-retarding peat moss. Ian Willms, National Geographic, "Tree-planting programs can do more harm than good," 26 Apr. 2019

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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14 Nov 2020

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“Peat moss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of peat moss

chiefly US : a type of moss that usually grows on wet land and that is used by gardeners as a fertilizer, for growing plants in pots, etc.

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Kids Definition of peat moss

: a spongy brownish moss of wet areas that is often the chief plant making up peat

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