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Anyone spotted cheap compost for baskets??

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lowbrim
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Has anyone seen any cheap compost this year I normally buy it in bulk form Wickes for my baskets but this year prices seem to have shot up. Anyone spotted any bargains?

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  • cootambear
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    Lidl xxxxxx
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  • peter_the_piper
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    Get the best quality you can afford, mix in some swellgel and 6 month granules.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
  • dickydonkin
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    I have just purchased some 50 litre bags of Westland Compost (with added John Innes?) for £5.98 at B&Q, however, they are selling them at buy two bags - get one free so 3 X 50ltr bags for just under £12.00 seems reasonable - plus there is a downloadable 15% voucher off everything for today only (B&Q website) which I also used and brought the price down a little further.

    I am certainly no expert, but I suspect this product would be OK for baskets and despite cheaper products being available elsewhere, I was also told the same as what peter_the_piper suggested earlier - I suppose you only get what you pay for.
  • lowbrim
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    Wicks have got there compost back in at 4 off 75litre bags for £13 and it is good compost just needs a bit of water retainer added, although it has got some in. This is a lot better than the Lidl that had been bulked up with woood chippings.
  • peter_the_piper
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    Just to clarify, are you sure it has water retainer in and not just the wetting agent they should all have. Don't forget the long term fertiliser (osmocote or equivalent) 6months one should do.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
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    Makro have 100 litre bags of J Arthur Bowers compost on buy one get one free at £6 inc VAT for those that can get access to them.
    Justice For The 96
  • peter_the_piper
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    Don't forget to make your holes in the liner about 2" up from the bottom for water retention.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
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