How to Compost Peat Moss


Peat moss is so beneficial for the soil and the plants that grow in it that it is often incorporated into the soil before planting. It helps the soil retain moisture and nutrients, it aerates clay soil and stabilizes sandy ones and adds organic material to the soil. But peat moss makes a great addition to compost piles as well. If regularly added to an existing compost pile, it can accelerate decomposition, cut down on odor and keep the moisture levels in the pile ideal.

Step 1

Use your hands to pull the peat moss apart into the smallest pieces possible.

Step 2

Spread the peat moss over the top of your compost pile using as shovel.

Step 3

Add half the amount by volume of "green" nitrogen-rich compost material (also reduced to small pieces), such as fruit or vegetable peelings or lawn clippings. A compost pile needs roughly a 2-to-1 ration of "brown" carbon-rich compost material like peat moss to green material. For a longer list of acceptable green compost material, see the Resources section.

Step 4

Add a handful of garden soil to the compost pile. This will refresh the population of the microorganisms responsible for breaking down the compost.

Step 5

Use a shovel to turn the contents of the pile until they are thoroughly mixed.

Step 6

Repeat this layering method each time you add peat moss to your compost pile.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Green material
  • Brown material
  • Garden soil


  • Using Peat Moss: Getting the Most from Your Compost
  • Earth Easy: Composting
  • Compost Council of Canada
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