Posted: 01/04/2014 at 14:36
I am trying Lidl's peat free compost at £1.50 per 25l it is very cheap.
Takes a bit of getting used to, it is packed as a solid 'brick' inside it's bag, so the first job is to break it down thoroughly, by which time it is twice the volume.
It does have quite a lot of large fibrous matter, however unlike the coir based it keeps it's moisture very well (though the top dries out so you need to stick you finger in to check you really do need to water.
So far only my tomato seedlings have spent any time in the compost & I have to say so far they are best I've grown, moving along at quite an astonishing pace.
I have always drifted back to peat based despite my best intentions because the peat frees have always been so disappointing, however I am cautiously optimistic with this one and can definitely recommend giving it at try, and for £1.50 its worth a go. However please do remember it is a different beast to the lovely soft peat compost we all so love, so persevere.