Adding compost to your soil can help improve growing conditions and help you achieve better, healthier results around the garden.  For the best results it is wise to select a specialist compost which will create the optimum growing conditions  for your seeds, bulbs and plants.

Different types of compost

Peat Based

Made from a base of peat blended with other ingredients such as fertiliser, sand, grit, vermiculite, perlite, wetting agents and lime. The exact formulation will depend on the intended use of the compost.

Loam based

John Innes composts are soil based compost  made from a mixture of loam, sand or grit and peat with increasing amounts of plant food added. John  Innes seed composts contains only a small amount of nutrient, developed to encourage optimum germination and growth of tiny roots and shoots. John Innes No.1 compost contains  slightly more nutrients and is ideal for transplanting seedlings. John Innes No.2 compost is ideal for potting up small plants and John Innes No.3 compost has the most nutrients, designed especially for final planting up of plants.

Peat Free

Peat free compost can be made from several different base ingredients, such as wood fibre, composted bark coir and green compost.

Specialist Compost

Specialist composts are then generally produced using one of the above as a base. Other ingredients are added depending on what they are intended to be used for.

Multi Purpose

Multipurpose compost can be used in various parts of the garden including beds, borders, pots and hanging baskets. The blends often differ with some containing varying amounts of plant food and feeds and some may be peat free or contain added John Innes.

Take the guess work out of compost

To make things easy for you we have pulled together an easy to follow guide to match the right compost to your garden needs.




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