Consolidated peat pros and cons

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8 years 10 months ago #511695 by nadine
Hi All. We are still looking for our little bit of land and have found a good affordable piece of land and the previous owner has said it is made up of 'consolidated peat'. We keep getting told not to buy peat but want to know the pros and cons and some opinions. It would be more for orchard and garden type block than running loads of stock. Thanks!!

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8 years 10 months ago #511923 by Kiwi303
Likely it was a peat swamp that has been drained.

Lived on that in the Waikato for years.

Most of the fertile dairy land around hamilton is former peat swamp, why are people saying not to buy it?

There is a tendency towards acidicy, but lime helps.

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8 years 10 months ago #511924 by muri
You can grow really good blueberries on peat.
A lot of Kumeu in west auckland is peat soil and intensively cultivated by horticultural activities

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8 years 10 months ago #511941 by Stikkibeek
Peat is very good soil, but do some research on how best to work with it. It will be more acidic, but lime helps, and it will be a bit impervious to water if allowed to dry out, so for your vegetable garden, you need to mix in pumice sand or something that will help water penetrate in the summer and you'll get great crops. There are plenty of plant types that like acidic soil. Have a critical look at what the present owner is growing and ask him about his soil management history. If it's growing good grass then he knows what it needs, if the grass is poor, sparse and weedy, then it needs some work.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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