With such a wide selection of different garden composts available in our garden centre it's sometimes difficult to know which to choose. Don't worry, it's simple: just ask yourself these three questions.

Is my plant growing in a border or in a container? Soil improvers such as well-rotted farmyard manure boost nutrients in the open garden, so that's what you should use added to the planting hole for new shrubs, trees and perennials. We also have FREE coffee granules available in our Plant Department which can be used as mulch.

Annuals and bedding in containers enjoy multi-purpose compost, but for longer-lasting displays of shrubs, perennials or grasses mix this 50:50 with a soil-based compost like John Innes no. 3 which holds on to nutrients for longer.

Is my plant acid-loving? Ericaceous or acid-loving plants, including rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and blueberries, only grow well in soils with a pH (acidity) of less than 6.5. If your soil isn't naturally acidic, grow them in containers of special ericaceous compost, also available in our garden centre.

Do I want compost for propagating seeds or cuttings? Seeds germinate best in soil-based seed compost such as John Innes Seed. Later, young seedlings can be potted up into multi-purpose compost.

We understand the environmental impact of extracting peat. We encourage alternative growing methods & support this at the Garden Centre.

Did you know 81% of our composts are peat-free and 19% are peat reduced? Click here to see our Peat-Free Policy.

Please ask our team for more information and advice about choosing the right composts for your plants.


Click for more about Peat-Free Compost by our very own Peat-Free Expert, Warren. Finalist in the GCA Rising Stars 2023 sponsored by Westland Horticulture.

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