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J. Arthur Bower Multi Purpose Compost 100L Bale

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Take care with fragile roots. Half fill a pot, place the plant in position and fill around the roots with compost. Gently firm the compost and water well. Young plants and seeds will take to it instantly in baskets and containers as the mix of phosphate, nitrogen and potassium support growth and roots. When it comes to compost, one of the most important things is to make sure that it contains a good balance of nutrients. Then they tested for growing on young plants and seedlings - 20 snapdragon and 20 tomato seedlings were potted up in each compost. Again snapdragons struggle if nutrient levels are too high and tomato don't thrive if they are too low. They were grown on without feeding until the largest were ready to be planted out. All plants were rated on size, quality and leaf colour.

Multi purpose compost is very forgiving! It can be used for seeding and potting on too, though you might wish to add some fertiliser to plants which are going to be living in it for the rest of their lives. Q: Can multi purpose compost be used for indoor plants? Loam is the most important ingredient in the compost as it provides the main 'body' of the compost. It also forms the base of plant nutrition by supplying clay which absorbs and releases plant nutrients as required. Loam also contains essential micro-elements and some organic matter which provides a slow release of nitrogen to the plant.They state that although grow bags are not intended for using to raise seeds they tested them as some people do use them for this purpose as they are so cheap. They then tried to raise 12 pots of marigolds and basil seeds from each compost ( 3 from each bag bought from the 4 different areas in the country) Apparently basil does not germinate well if there is a high level of dissolved nutrients in the compost and marigolds will not thrive if the nutrient levels are too low! They counted germinated seeds and the size and quality of the seedlings. Whilst a lot of composts are sold in 100 L bags, these may not be practical for some people in the garden. They can weigh anywhere from at least 25 – 30 kg. Peat Free: is a more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional peat-based compost, using substitutes such as recycled green waste, coir or composted bark. Fine for all general garden uses, including containers. Peat-free compost also tends to be more expensive because there is more processing involved than simply digging up peat.

The key ingredients to look out for are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Broadly speaking, nitrogen helps with leaf growth, phosphate is for a strong root development, and potassium will encourage flowering and fruiting. If you'd like more than 10 bags of compost please call our Customer Service team who can arrange for a bespoke competitive quote on 01480 774555 (standard network charges apply) Soil improvers: organic soil improvers like Farmyard Manureopen up the soils structure, breaking up heavy clay and helping free-draining soils hold on to moisture. It can be used at any stage of a plant’s development, including seed sowing, and the large bag is sufficient for filling approximately 70 small pots (12 cm diameter), or 14 medium pots (22 cm in diameter). Expose plants to too much direct sunlight, fumes, draughts, hot air and sudden changes or extremes of temperatureThat being said, multi purpose compost is generally suitable for all plants – it may not be their favourite, but it will not kill them off. Q: How long does multi purpose compost last? The compound fertiliser in John Innes Compost provides the wide spectrum of plant nutrients needed for balanced growth.

Now you have the facts, you can make your own informed decision about compost. How Much Compost to Buy In J Arthur Bower’s Multi-purpose Compost we found the chloride levels were more than twice as high as they should be. Chlorides reduce nitrogen, which is vital for green, leafy growth, and this explained why our plants didn’t flourish. It has good water retention as well as efficient drainage, and doesn’t compact around plants of become overly dense. Coarse sand or grit is used as a physical conditioner to allow excess water to drain from the compost and thus prevent water-logging. It also helps to provide stability for larger plants. Soil-based composts: heavier soil-based blends are usually mixed to the John Innes formulae in 3 grades from John Innes No1 for seedlings, to John Innes No 3 for mature shrubs.In Gro-Sure’s Peat Free All-Purpose Compost with 4 months feed, we found sulphates were more than three times the level they should be (1,400mg/l compared to 400mg/l) in each of the four bags we tested. Sulphates are used to make stable fertilisers that will feed plants as they grow. But at high doses they increase the levels of salts, and cause the compost to become too acidic, burning delicate roots and leading to crisp, lifeless plants. We labelled this compost a Don’t Buy for sowing seeds.

The sphagnum moss peat in John Innes compost improves both the aeration and water-retaining capacity, which enables the compost to make maximum use of the nutrients and trace elements in fertilisers. Multipurpose compost is traditionally made from a blend of ingredients that includes peat, green compost, lime, and wood/bark. It is worth noting that the processes for extracting peat are known to have a negative impact on the environment where they are sourced from, leading many to choose to avoid composts with peat content. Which? have been researching the issue, systematically. Their results are published in the January/February issue of Gardening Which. I haven't seen the full report, only a summary of their results... We also discovered some of the composts in our seed sowing and young plants trials have the same name but different formulations in various bag sizes. We found: The consistency of this compost makes it easy to work with. It’s very smooth, and has a fresh smell to it with a crumbly texture. The most important thing is to make sure it’s not able to dry out. In storage, ensure it’s as airtight as possible and it should last for up to a year.Thankfully, there are many peat-free composts that offer the same versatility without the harmful impact on the environment. Most of these work just as effectively as products with peat, so if you are an eco-conscious gardener be sure to look out for these. pH For reasons of hygiene and safety, personal grooming products, cosmetics or items of intimate clothing cannot be returned. Well, peat-based compost is still readily available, but a lot of gardeners are choosing to avoid it as much as possible for the above reasons.

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