Posted: 01/10/2013 at 19:21
Well, I have to agree totally with Blisters.
The composts ....all of them....are variable in quality and mix. No two bags seem quite the same. Nothing has replaced peat or come close. As a layman I've long felt occasionally the failure of plants.....whether cuttings or bigger .....is due to the compost.
A few years ago I bought a few tons of compost from the council. It was rubbish. My veg patch produced stunted carrots,,lettuce seemed unable to last the pace and other crops and border plants suffered. The quality of the compost was such that bits of wood, plastic and plant material were clearly seen. I felt that knotweed, bindweed and other perennial weeds were likely not to be "neutralised" or safe for my needs and cluld infect my own garden. I have never purchased this council compost since.
I do believe peat is not in decline.....vested interests determine what we all do, say and behave. WE do not know the truth of so much.....global warming is another example. Like rabbits we all rush to get solar panels, ditch our plastic bags, and recycle. (despite the fact that much of our hard-worked recycling efforts ends up in landfill anyway.). Green energy will save the planet ....so we all pay more whilst the few make profits.......yet there will be another lobby to say something different tomorrow. We have to do our bit scream the vociferous ones as they drive around the country without passengers. It's increasingly difficult now to do anything without judgement yet those judging are so hypocritical