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Compost, Growbags & Decorative Garden Bark

We have a great selection of composts, grow bags and bark to suit all your gardening needs.We have different types of compost, such as multi purpose, seed compost, bulb planting compost, peat free compost and many more including a range of different sized bags too. We have compost from both Westland, Scotts and William Sinclairs which have both proven to provide top quality compost.

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What is compost?

Compost is sold in various forms and can be made at home by composting kitchen and garden waste. Each type has its uses but not one is the best at everything!

The two main types of compost are:

Bagged manufactured potting and planting compost

Home compost

So if I can make it home why do I need to buy it?

Potting and Planting Compost is specially formulated with blends of material and nutrients to create an ideal growing mix when used correctly. You should never try to use home compost for raising seedlings or small plants as it contains many microbes and fungal spores that would kill susceptible small plants. As much of home compost is still not fully rotted down it is still giving off its precious nutrients in an uneven fashion which could over feed young plants.

When should I use which compost?

Homemade compost should be added to beds, borders and dug into vegetable plots where the increase in rotting matter will feed plants and help keep the water content of the surrounding soil higher. Homemade compostcan be used in conjunction with soil improver and planting compost.

Potting compost should be used whenever you are filling pots, tubs or trays. NEVER use garden soil in pots, as soil cannot hold nutrients and water very well when used in pots so plants will grow but very poorly and look sick and unhealthy very quickly.

Knowing when to use the right type of compost will help you create your garden paradise.

So what is bark for?

Bags of decorative bark can be spread a couple of inches thick over beds and borders and not only will it look good but bark also helps supress weeds and retain moisture in the ground. Simply remove weeds from the area you would like to cover and spread the bark over and around the base of plants. Some people like to lay weed suppressant fabric before laying bark but there is no real need as the bark rots down it will improve the soil texture.

There are many types of Growbags available which should I use?

Simple Growbags are still a favourite for many gardeners wishing to grow tomatoes and other greenhouse vegetables. Now there are larger Growbag planters which hold more compost, allowing the plants to grow bigger root systems and therefore larger crops. Since the increase in the number of people growing their own vegetables, planters such as the potato planter have come on the market and the strawberry planter which are packed with the ideal nutrients for those crops.

What is John Innes Compost?

John Innes is a traditional blend that hasn’t changed for many years and is now produced by most of the large compost manufacturers. John Innes composts are made from the traditional recipe of sterilised loam, peat and horticultural grit with added nutrients. There are now 4 different blends available John Innes seed compost, John Innes 1, 2 and 3 along with a special blend for acid loving plants. John Innes is now added to some multi-purposecompost to try and give the best of both worlds with the nutrient holding capabilities of John Innes and the water retaining qualities of standard potting mixes.

What about peat? Isn’t it bad for the planet?

The use of peat in planting compost has gone on for many years due to the great qualities that peat gives as a planting mix. There has been a lot of research into alternatives for peat over the past 10 years and now the government has introduced legislation to reduce the amount of peat used for growing plants. Most of the compost available now either has no peat in or a small amount and instead contains blends of different organic matter depending on the mix.