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The Growing Media Initiative (GMI)

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)
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What is the Growing Media Initiative (GMI)?

The Growing Media Initiative is a horticultural industry scheme, led by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), in conjunction with the Growing Media Association (GMA), DIY and garden centre retailers, Defra and the Royal Horticultural Society to reduce the amount of peat used in home growing media.

Open to retailers and manufacturers, the GMI has brought together all sides of the peat debate in horticulture to agree a national scheme that meets both environmental and industry objectives.

Peat use

Peat has been the growing medium of choice for gardeners and professional growers for more than 50 years. They have come to appreciate peat’s qualities as a clean, efficacious and reliable product. However, as concerns for the environment grow, there have also been increased efforts to find other more renewable kinds of growing media.

As a leading member of the GMA and GMI, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company demonstrates its progress towards peat reduction, the use of alternative materials and commitment to offering sustainable growing media to its customers and so to all consumers.

Peat Content Bar

Each bag of Miracle-Gro and Levington compost has our unique Peat Content Bar, which shows you how much peat each one contains, so you know how much you are using.


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