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B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 14:06

Scubydoo, I think it's an excellent idea to have an "approved list".   At the moment I have nothing to put on it!   I am now trying some Westland.   This is the worst year I can remember for my tomatoes and  beans.   Marrows are not looking too bad now after all the rain.  

I opened my last bag of Levingtons MPC (bought in the spring and unopened) and found it was just one giant ants nest!!  Uugh!   Something likes it then!   I shall never buy this again.

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 10:29

Don't forget it's not only B&Q!  For instance Levingtons and Arthur Bowers have been mentioned. If anyone is going to GW Live or any other show where the Compost Makers have  stands could they please spare a minute or two to enquire about the quality of their compost?     Thanks. 

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 10:55

Compost seems to get worse every year.   Having had trouble with Levingtons MPC (I complained to them but was told their compost was good and only contained permitted recycled material) I tried J.Arthur Bowers last year.   It was terrible!  Useless.   Had the worst crop of tomatoes I have ever had.

This year tried Levingtons again (all I could get locally).   Says on bag "Levingtons MPC with added John Innes.  Enriched with recycled material"  Besides the usual old roots (some still growing) it contained bits of plastic and wood and lots of small gravel.  I have already lost two lots of tomato plants in it this year.

I make my own compost but have to use bought as well as my soil is heavy clay.  I am 77 and have been gardening since a child so I do not think I am a novice.

Yes, I think we need a champion to take up our cause - someone like Alan Titchmarsh.

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