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Place the seeds on wet blotting paper or mix them with a little damp peat moss and perlite; store in the refrigerator for 5 days before sowing. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Nutritious Lettuce Greens All Year Long," 15 June 2017 In particular, vermiculite can contain low levels of asbestos; compost and peat moss can contain mold spores. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Container Gardening," 1 June 2017 Don't add anything, such as potting soil or peat moss, to the hole. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow a Lilac Bush," 24 May 2018 Potting soil typically consists of a mix of organic matter, peat moss and perlite. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Container culture – these pots do lots | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 For this type of fall, wear a protective vest and prepare the ground ahead of time by removing rocks and laying down sand or peat moss to make for a softer landing. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Fall Off a Horse," 25 Apr. 2018 Amend the Soil Based on the results of the soil-test kit, amend the soil with lime, peat moss, or sulfur, as discussed in Step 2. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Plant Grass Seed for a New Lawn," 12 Mar. 2018 Use a mix of 50 percent peat moss and 50 percent pine bark mulch to mound around the root balls. Tim Johnson,, "Growing azaleas and rhododendrons is tricky. Choosing the right cultivar can help.," 1 May 2018 As the bus drove through the intersection, a tractor-trailer carrying dozens of packages of peat moss and heading west on Highway 335 didn’t see them, or didn’t stop, or couldn’t stop in time. Greg Bishop,, "The Valley of Darkness," 13 Apr. 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of peat moss

: 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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