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Choosing the Best Compost
- There are specialist composts for different jobs in the garden. Use the appropriate compost to create the optimum growing conditions.
- Pot up your existing and new plants in fresh compost each year to minimise pests and diseases being carried over, this will also provide new nutrients that will have been used up.
- Do not assume that there are enough nutrients in your garden soil to use for potting up containers and baskets. It may contain unwanted weeds, pests and diseases and also the soil won’t hold as much water as potting compost would, so your plants may suffer.
- Do not forget to follow the compost label instructions
There are three different categories of compost:
There are many formulations of peat based composts available to the gardener. These are made from a base of peat blended with other ingredients such as fertiliser, sand and/or grit, vermiculite or perlite, wetting agents and lime. The exact formulation will depend on the intended use of the compost.Most compost producers are following Government & Industry guidelines to reduce the peat content of their composts. products have varying levels of peat and peat substitutes, to reduce the total amount of peat used by gardeners.
Peat free compost can be made from several different base ingredients, such as wood fibre, composted bark, coir, and green compost.
John Innes Composts are soil-based growing media made from a mixture of loam, sand or grit and small amounts of peat with different levels of plant foods added. John Innes Seed Compost contains the smallest amount of nutrients as this encourages the best germination and growth of tiny roots and shoots.
John Innes No.1 Compost contains slightly more nutrients and is for transplanting seedlings.
John Innes No.2, Higher again in nutrients for when you are potting up small plants
John Innes No.3 Compost has the most nutrients, as this is designed for final planting up of plants ready for display or cropping.
Specialist composts are produced using one of the above as a base. Other ingredients are added depending on what the compost is to be used for.
Specialist seed Composts should be used when sowing seeds, this will ensure optimum root growth as the compost contains appropriate levels of plant food to help them develop. Specialist seedling compost have generally lower nutrient levels but higher phosphate, which helps to develop a strong root structure. It also has a finer texture to create the perfect surroundings for the young plants to flourish.
Specialist Potting Composts have been developed to provide the optimum conditions for growing on small plants
Miracle-Gro Potting Mix Root Boosting Compost encourages optimum root growth for strong, healthy plants and great garden performance.
Multipurpose Composts have been developed for plants that are ready to be planted out in various parts of your garden, from beds and borders, to pots planters and hanging baskets. They come in different blends of ingredients, for example, some contain varying plant foods that will feed your plants anywhere from 6 weeks, up to 6 months – others will limit the amount of watering you need to do, by absorbing water then storing and releasing it as and when the plant requires.
Miracle-Gro All Purpose Enriched Compost
- Enriched with Miracle-Gro Plant Food, this premium low peat compost is guaranteed to grow plants twice as big than in ordinary garden soil.
- Contains Smart Release Feed granules that allows season long feed
Miracle-GroPeat Free All Purpose Enriched Compost
- Produced using a unique and revolutionary Fibresmart Technology.
- The hollow wood fibres are 100% natural and peat free.
- They ensure the optimum balance of air and water for strong roots to grow healthy and beautiful plants.
- Contains smart release granules giving the plant a season long feed.
Levington Original Multi Purpose Compost uses the tried and trusted original Levington formula.
- Its superior texture helps plants all around the garden, develop stronger roots and healthy growth
- Has a low peat formula and absorbs 25% more water than ordinary multi-purpose compost
Levington Multi Purpose Compost with added John Innes
- Used by many professional and traditional gardeners
- Its superior texture helps plants all around the garden, develop stronger roots and healthy growth.
- Has a low peat formula and absorbs 25% more water than ordinary multi-purpose compost.
- Provides best mixture for pots & planters
Levington Ericaceous Compost
- A specialist compost for acid loving plants such as heathers, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias .
- With a high iron formula for greener, healthier leaves, this product is perfect for growing acid-loving or lime hating plants.
Do not Forget: -
- When buying plants, check the care label to see what type of conditions they need to thrive. Most plants you buy from garden centres are already planted in suitable compost, so you need to try and match these conditions when you are planting out in the garden, to encourage the roots to grow out and into the ground. This means enriching the planting hole with a good all purpose compost. Make sure you tease out the roots when planting into the ground.
- When planting in baskets or containers make sure there are good drainage holes and a layer of stones, gravel or crocks (broken plant pots) to provide a good drainage layer at the bottom. Line terracotta pots with plastic to reduce water loss but make sure there is still a drainage hole in the base.
- You will need to give your plants an additional boost once any plant food in your compost has been used. For fantastic results, make sure you feed them regularly with products such as Miracle-Gro All Purpose Plant Food
With thanks to the Miracle-Gro team at www.lovethegarden.com