Posted: 11/09/2014 at 09:38
last year I used a peat free compost which was made of wood chipping (it wasn't supposed to be, but that's what it looked like!) even sieved stuff had a hard time growing in it. not nice stuff at all, and it smelled kind of funny too?
This year I used a peat free which was coir based, my father came and helped me plant some veggies out and commented on why id gone back to peat! he didn't realise it wasn't. it was that similar in colour, texture, weight, water retention etc. everything I planted grew great (apart from some celeriac which I tried on my allotment for the first and last time! - another story)
next year i'll be using the coir based stuff again, I've found some compressed bundles online which look quite cheap, i'll be letting that soak in my worm tea from my wormary and mixing in 50:50 with my home made compost for potting up. any excess can go on as a mulch around my fruit trees.