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Soil Association Approved Compost?

I'm sure I've bought such a thing in the past, I just haven't kept the bags for reference.

Can anyone name me a brand? or give any knowledge of brands that are following the SA practices but not approved?

The term 'Organic' is slapped on almost everything these days it's difficult to tell what is the real deal!


  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Pro-grow, peat free

    Not many organic ones are peat-free - nor manures. Many manure products are actually blended.
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053
    I am not sure what SA means in your question. Are you looking for peat free, or something that is known to be a good MPC?

    Last years "great compost" has often come up short this year, and so on. It's hard for anyone to keep track of good compost year on year. The proof is in the growing for gardeners.

    Personally, I have been shocked by what has gone on under the soil in some of my potted up plants in the past. They look fine, they don't die but they don't grow. 

    Now, I trust none of them and do my own mix by adding a handful of 6x, some JI2 and some extra vermiculite to any MPC. I still have faith in JI seed compost as that gets them started for me.

    If I have been let down by the manufacturers in recent years, I wonder how SA can label anything approved.

    SW Scotland
  • Fire said:
    Pro-grow, peat free

    Not many organic ones are peat-free - nor manures. Many manure products are actually blended.
    Thank you Fire. Most helpful, that product is a soil conditioner rather than a MPC. Would you be kind enough to help me understand what the difference is?

  • Purplerain - Peat-free or peat based MPC as long as it is Soil Association approved organic!
    (Non approved would need to be peat free for me)

    I cannot remember what blend I used in my 4ft sq patch, it's been 'dormant' for 2 summers, I think it may have been topsoil, MPC, Envirogrind and vermiculite? I have the brain of a sieve!

    I may have to forgo SA approved mediums this season, as you say there is no year on year consistency and I'm on a very tight budget these days!
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,051
    Peat is 100% organic.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    The link I added is from Crocus. They have it in the section under 'compost'.
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,166
    edited April 2018
    Garden Which do extensive trials of compost, sometimes even different bag sizes of the same brand perform differently presumably because it is blended at different times, from differing batches of base ingredients for the various pack sizes. The only Peat free one they recommend is Sylva Grow. No one brand is best at everything some multipurpose are good for cuttings & young plants some are better for seedlings etc. All multipurpose brands are a compromise.
    AB Still learning

  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    @Allotment Boy, I sent a message to your inbox a while ago. 
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