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    note: I perfer the light peat moss you may not. Either way, this post should help you. ;-)

    Ok so before I just took my peat moss got it wet and squeezed it out until the ppm tester read approx 20 ppm. This usually took about 9-12 times. Today while I was transplanting some of my for the round pot giveaway I took a 3 gal bucket filled it halfway with water and stirred in some peat moss. I got a phone call and when I came out it was floating. so I skimmed the top and squeezed this out and placed it in a different bucket. originally the ppm of this peat moss was 212 ppm. after I was done skimming the top I reached to the bottom for anything that had fallen. to my surprise all that was down there was this crap that I didn't want to use. the water with the crap was reading 164 ppm and the peat moss that was skimmed was down to 32. here is a pic of what I had skimmed from the top (left) and what was left in the bucket after I dumped the water out (right).



    the stuff on the left stays fluffy and doesn't pack. the stuff on the right I can't keep from packing. so I was happy to get rid of this. I would say I came out with 75% good moss and 25% of the bad. I am sure these rates will change with each bag since it all depends on where the moss was pulled from in the bog. but at least now I know how to use only the good stuff!! the last step is add the perlite, moisten, mix then put in a 10 inch pot and run 1 gall ro water through it. here I got the final mix down to 15 ppm.
    anyone else already use this method? or have a better method?
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    wow! that's a big difference in peat quality! I'll have to try that! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]

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    Wow, that's pretty cool. Are there other methods of cleaning peat, and is this a common thing to do? (I'm still new at this.)

    Let us know how the plants are doing with it in any case.

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    I have been using it was the sphagnum moss and milled Spagnum. It works great.
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    Hey adnedarn, out of topic here, but nice plants u have. Do u by any chance still have the movie clip of the VFT catching a fly? Many thanks [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    i should somewhere on my computer.. it seams the link on my web page isn't working. strange... how did you know about my movie by the way?
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    I went to your website and I saw the link, but the file isn't there.... cld u pls send it to me? I'd be most interested. Thanks!

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