Posted: 28/09/2016 at 13:35
Dee All plant matter is nutritious in its own way depending on how long it takes to morph into a product that will enrich the soil. Your spent compost put on your beds (garden not sleeping) will be drawn down by the worms and having passed through them in the normal way becomes a lovely feed for the soil. Bought Compost is normally ready for new plants with feed added after composting although saying that some of the modern compost is suspect, you do not expect to find bits of glass tin plastic and thick twigs in good compost which is why I sieve it then add my own, some bone meal and a handful of granular fertiliser does it for me. John Innes number one is loam (garden soil) with sand and grit mixed that is for seeds and seedlings, I do mix more sand and grit as drainage to stop damping off. JI number two is for potting on seedlings and young plants, a mix of loam compost sand and grit again I add more grit. JI number three is for planting up pots permanently and is a mix of loam compost with nutrients and added fertiliser. Planting straight into the ground you are planting into loam, garden soil that you can give a tonic to by adding some of your own compost, blood fish and bone, or bone meal and a handful of fertiliser which ever floats your boat and always water well for a day or so. That Dee is about the only list you will get and we learn by trial and error (often more error than trial) which kind of soil we have and what will grow well in it, experience is the key which we all learn by making mistakes yet keep on trying, some plants in my garden have been moved up to five times before finding their niche in this world. No body ever said gardening was easy sometimes sitting there with a glass in the sun and perusing your efforts you wonder why you do it, you can always see what wants doing and never what you have done, "oh" well some seed to collect, in the words of the song, "Hey ho hey ho it's off to work we go" thats life.