What is the difference between peat and spaghnum peat moss?
Now that I have started reading I am in a position to ask what might be not already asked question.
The intention is for this bog to resemble wild Irish bogs, ie peat bogs, so a fair proportion of the fill will be peat. Here I get confused, I have been told NOT to use spaghnum but use proper peat. What I am used to seeing as peat, aside from the peat dug and dried for the fire, is a brown particulate frequently sold in compressed form in plastic bags.
I assume the latter is what I am meant to use.
Question, is this brown stuff primarily the dead remnants of spaghnum?
I have the impression it is, so that a wild peat bog is this stuff covered with a living crust of spaghnum.
Since a wild bog is, I believe, nutrient poor, why do some people add compost and loam to peat when making a bog? My understanding of compost and loam is that compost may be animal muck and or rotting grass/vegetable cuttings etc whlist loam is rotting tree leaves. Both compost and loam being, therefore, be presumably fairly rich in nutrients