Holy Peat!  Canada Leads The Way

By P.J. Heller For peat’s sake, look to Canada. That’s the message from the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA), especially when it comes to peatland science and restoration.  “We’ve been recognized for our leadership, our environmental stewardship across the world,” says Asha Hingorani, president of the CSPMA, which represents more than a dozen horticultural peat moss producers in Canada …

Consumer Soil Product Sales More Than Previously Estimated

By P.J. Heller Sales of consumer soil products are much more robust than previously believed, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Mulch & Soil Council. And projections from another survey paint a bright picture for 2024, especially with Gen Y (27-41) respondents saying they expected to spend more money and time on gardening than the previous year.  The …

Morgan Composting Finds It Can-Do With Dairy Doo

By P.J. Heller Brad Morgan followed the proverbial phrase, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” to create a successful business. In his case, though, the correct phrase would be, “When life gives you manure, make compost.” And that’s exactly what Morgan has been doing since 1996, when he and his father, Dale Morgan, launched Morgan Composting and its Dairy …

Chef of Compost Industry Serves Up Custom Blends

By P.J. Heller If someone was to co-opt the Burger King slogan of “Have It Your Way,” it would likely be the crew at Full Circle Soils & Compost.  Not content to produce just a standard compost that can be marketed to customers, Full Circle offers a complete menu of items that can be added to compost to create a …

PVP Industries Rocks It With Perlite, Vermiculite

By P.J. Heller Toothpaste. Kitty litter. Outdoor pizza ovens. Ceiling tiles. Garden and landscape growing material. Pipe insulation. Soaps. Environmental spill cleanup kits.  Those items and more have one ingredient in common that many people may not be aware of: perlite. “Perlite is all around us,” notes Michael Dunlavey in discussing a mineral found throughout the horticultural, construction and industrial …