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Posted: 27/03/2014 at 11:24

Cheers to all, apart from advice to hold sellers accountable I've picked up info on best brands, just sieving normal earth and compost, and making my own and incorporating worms in the process... all of which will be useful and I absolutely will try to get a worm compost bin going this year. It does seem like sieving is the sensible first step with all general purpose compost.


Edd, sorry if I posted on a topic that is well provided for - in fact I wrote that post a few weeks ago but when I came back the other day and was prompted to verify my account, this topic was automatically revived.


Welshonion, thanks for clarifying about the peat (incidentally it was an honest question, I don't claim to know!), and I have to admit that with such a gulf in quality the temptation to choose peat and stick with it is very great! But I'm encouraged by the above discussion of alternatives!


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 12:08



But are the environmental concerns about compost from peat bogs not valid?



Posted: 24/03/2014 at 01:40

Nice one Kevin, that's a neat answer!

From other feedback maybe with the Aldi bag I was just unlucky (although tbh the other compost in comparison was simply a revelation).

And Lyn, Erin sure is very free draining, and spongy when wet rather than claggy  - I'm using some, a bit hopefully, to save a rather waterlogged sage plant - so will bear that point in mind especially with some of the late germinators. Ideally I will find a consistently good peat-free mix or follow Kevin's suggestion.

Repotting/planting out clustered mixed seedlings

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 19:40

I'll do that and keep my fingers crossed. Thank you very much Philippa!


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:35

Good plan Dove! I will tell Aldi. Thanks.

Incidentally I am now using some far better compost (Erin) that my friend had spare when he moved into a flat, but it is a peat-based compost so I will keep tabs on what else is good when the time comes to buy some more.

Cheers nutcutlet, from what I am reading composts have become much more variable in quality and generally worse!


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:29

To anyone else looking for a review I can confirm my Aldi compost bought a couple of months ago has lots of shredded plastic and idk what else! Terrible.

Repotting/planting out clustered mixed seedlings

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:25


Please could anyone advise me about replanting seedlings from a supermarket packet of "cottage garden seeds"? I'm afraid the different varieties are not listed on the packet.

I am not a brilliant gardener, but have generally been more specific than this in what I wanted. This was an inexpensive impulse buy, so if I do have to write a few off c'est la vie.

They are growing in a cluster, and while some seedlings are now 2 or 3 inches tall and perhaps ready for a bit of space, others nestled among them are tiny.

I am worried that many will die in the cluster, but unsure of how to go about uprooting the big ones without destroying the little ones.

Is there a way forward here?



NB They are in a bowl on my windowsill. In future of course I will know to use a proper tray for mixed seeds.

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