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If this is all correct, then the trick is making sure your manufacturer is using the peat from the sustainable sources.
Though I do wonder, if we use our own and then have to import, how sustainable is that!
Also if a ban is coming, we will need to find adequate peat free alternatives anyway.
So true Briggsy.
Its not so much the sustainability its the carbon footprint it leaves.
No win i'm afraid and not sure what the answer is.
Make our own I guess, but coming up with sufficient 'loam' has put me off so far, also it will be full of weed seeds.
I only use bought compost for sowing seeds and things in pots, I hope to try my hand at making usable potting compost once I have sufficient leaf mold - a hot compost bin will hopefully deal with the seed problem,
Time will tell!
Briggsy wrote (see)
Make our own I guess, but coming up with sufficient 'loam' has put me off so far, also it will be full of weed seeds. I only use bought compost for sowing seeds and things in pots, I hope to try my hand at making usable potting compost once I have sufficient leaf mold - a hot compost bin will hopefully deal with the seed problem, Time will tell!
Hot composting works for seeds. So please do not despair
Edit: i should say kills seeds. Try my 'vermicomposting for beginners thread.' You might like.
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What were the results Nanny gardener.?
What were the results Nanny gardener.?
Results very variable. Interesting though that John Innes had the worst results overall the different trials. I always mix mine in anyway. Seems to me you pays your money and takes your choice. Sometimes you get good stuff...sometimes you get rubbish...literally
Have just transplanted 48 small mixed salvia plants which were grown from cuttings, they have a really extensive root system!
Also have lots of Echinacea seedlings from seed saved from named varieties are now germinating.
The seeds and cuttings were sown/rooted in a mixture of finely riddled pure peat and washed river sand, six of peat to one of sand which gives a nice open mixture!
They were all kept in the greenhouse!
Hope they continue as they have started!
I personally don't find Westland compost that great at all, I bought it last year and it was more like bark.
i have used the garden compost from my composter for the first time this year since I started it 2 years ago, for seeds and cuttings I have just added sand which has worked out just fine.
I use peat free New Horizon, it has worked fine for beetroot, chillis, spring onions, tomatoes, pak choi, french beans, leeks, sweetcorn etc. I am suspicious of Which trials. For example, not feeding tomatoes before planting out is bizarre. It sounds like they are mainly testing fertiliser levels. And of course compost varies not only from year to year, but sometimes within a year. NH has varied this year, some bags are woodier than ideal, but it still works. I picked up some Lidl compost today, 25l for £1.29, 200L for just over £10. Peat free too.
Why do people use peat? As I said, I've germinated and grown a wide range of veg in peat free compost with success. I get close to 100% germination with good seed.
I suspect that J Arthur Bowers grow bags are contaminated with something that is affecting plant growth. Earlier this year I bought 11 grow bags and planted 33 tomatoes both inside and outside my greenhouse. Of the 33 plants only one flourished. All of the others just refused to grow and the leaves became dark in colour. Tomatoes grown from the same seed but in different compost all did well. I have e mailed William Sinclair Horticulture LTD at info@williams-Sinclair.co.uk with photographs which clearly show the problem. I suggest others with the same problem do the same.
Could be a weedkiller. Some of them are persistent. People use a broad-leafed-weed-killer to "improve" the grazing for a horse or their livestock, and then the manure gets mixed in with other stuff to make compost for plants and the weedkiller is still active despite having been through a horse or cow, so it's good compost for sprinkling on the lawn, but no use for your veg plot.
Google clopyralid, it can last for years, and even in amazingly small concentrations can damage susceptible plants, especially tomatoes. That is just one broad leaf plant killer.
I try not to use any of the crap peat free composts that is on sale now.
If you see what my neighbour put in his council recycling bin which eventually goes into the so called wonderful peat free composts sold, you would not buy them at any price!
He has Greenfingers dosing his large lawns regularly with all sorts of industrial chemicals with the cuttings going straight into the bin.
I said to him once about it, his reply was, not my problem son!