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Bord na Móna: at the forefront of developing top quality growing media


Founded over 80 years ago, Bord na Móna Horticulture is the leading Irish supplier of growing media and barks in Ireland and the UK.


The company manufactures and supplies a range of growing media products for both professional growers and home gardeners, and is at the forefront of developing top quality growing media – including peat-free and peat-reduced multipurpose composts, specialist composts and grow your own planters – barks, soil improvers and fertilisers. 
With the largest green waste composting facilities in Ireland and the UK taking in garden waste and large quantities of spent grain, Bord na Móna Horticulture controls, monitors, and supervises the entire manufacturing process of their products, from planting and harvesting, through to packing and distribution.

Consistently delivering excellent products, high quality Irish peat, and continuous research and innovation, their high performing products have successfully received 14 Which? Best Buy awards over the past 8 years (2010-2017).
With an expanding footprint in international markets, Bord na Móna Horticulture products have been acknowledged for their quality around the world, as seen through their use in world class sports and leisure projects including the Camp Nou Football Stadium in Barcelona, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in the UAE and Meydan Race Track in the UAE.
Bord na Móna Horticulture’s award winning formulations and recipes, and commitment to sustainability sets it apart from industry competitors. But what are the sustainable ingredients they use to ensure gardeners produce and enjoy brighter, bigger blooms every season?


With sustainability at the heartbeat of the business, Bord na Móna Horticulture is leading the development of alternatives to peat based growing media, focusing on green compost.  As well as natural potassium, green compost is rich in calcium, essential for strong leaves and the suppression of plant disease, and natural humic acid to help speedy germination and boost plant growth.
Another one of the components used by Bord na Móna Horticulture as an alternative to peat is coir.  Coir is also a natural source of potassium, one of the essential nutrients for vibrant growth, lush plant leaves and an enhanced taste in vegetables.
Produced from high quality inputs from the timber industry, composted bark is an indigenous product that contains a natural source of potassium for brighter flowers.  Materials that are well-rotted and composted are the best at balancing essential nitrogen in the soil, aiding essential photosynthesis production in healthy plants and flowers. Keeping these nitrogen levels balanced is essential to ensure the plants are able to breath.
An organic matter produced naturally when plants and vegetation decompose in bogs, peat moss has been used in gardens for generations as a soil amendment or ingredient in potting soil.  Bord na Móna Irish peat is world renowned for its high quality, consistency and stability.  Considered by many to be the best quality growing media, peat moss is an important component of most potting soils and seed starting mediums.

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