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Which bagged compost?

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edited 14 February 2023 at 7:56AM in Gardening
Summer is nearly here,  to grow plants in planters such as lavender, pelargonium, lobelia and etc

there is miracle grow, levingtons, J Arthur Bower's, Westland's Jacks Magic or New Horizon.  

Are they all pretty much the same? Or is there one that is better than the rest?

What do you do with old compost in dead planters and plant pots ?

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  • twopenny
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    I use Bowers. Different grades for different plants. I have to drive to buy it as the local garden centre only stocks free from stuff at extra price and smaller quantity.
    Tomato grow bags for seeds.

    Old potting compost i use for bulbs, veg seeds or on the garden or compost heap.

    The really cheap stuff seems to be good for nothing. Tried it for soil conditioner and it just blew away.


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  • KajiKita
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    I used the RHS endorsed sylvagrow last year for the first time and was really pleased with it. It hasn’t got great lumps of woody rubbish in it like most of them and is peat free, which is must for me.

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  • Flugelhorn
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    I live near  the levels and needed a large amount of compost - we got it for under £2 for a large bag and it most definitely isn't completely peat free. Seems to do the job 
  • KajiKita said:
    I used the RHS endorsed sylvagrow last year for the first time and was really pleased with it. It hasn’t got great lumps of woody rubbish in it like most of them and is peat free, which is must for me.

    KK
    Me too. It is certainly one of the best I have used and I have tried a lot. I found the really cheap ones are rubbish. The better ones are good but also, peat free is a must.
    Melcourt is the one to go for, for me. Sylvagrow and they also have another one..  I did try a couple from Dalefoot - really nice and plants grew very well but quite expensive.  Less watering and less feeding so was a balance against cost.
  • sheramber
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    I use Levington compost.
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