How to make ericaceous compost?
Capelglyn Posts: 24
I want to grow blueberries, so I would like to produce my own ericaceous compost, but for all my enquiries I cannot seem to find out how to do it! I am going to dedicate a pair of compost bins to this project, so if anyone can give me an idea of what to add to the pile I should be most grateful.
Well, minus the peat bog you will get a slightly more acidic compost, but you will need to mix in leafy green material as well if you want to get the heap going properly. Ultimately it reverts to neutral, I believe.
Its much easier to buy your ericaceous compost and use acidic materials as an annual mulch.
Otherwise sulphur is recommended but it seems to be harder and harder to get the stuff https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=82
If you cane get a handful of soil from under a pine tree, add some rotten leaves to that I think you'd have your perfect mix as is.
Well if you have bracken nearby, it does sound as if you already have acid soil in your area. There are some excellent brands of peat-free ericaceous compost emerging on the market, and although they may not be certified organic, if they are made of UK-certified sustainably managed pine with some coir, also from a certified source, they are likely to be as organic as you can get. The RHS have endorsed SylvaGrow and Vital Earth brands, so if you need some in the meantime, check those out.
I also garden organically, but as my ericaceous compost is locally made from locally grown pine that isn’t treated with any fungicide, pesticide etc., that’s good enough for me. I have also recently switched to locally produced Cannabis tea instead of proprietary tomato feed to boost potash when needed and use certified organic chicken manure pellets. However, I do use David Austin rose food - I don’t eat my roses tho
https://www.lovethegarden.com/uk-en/article/ericaceous-compost-explained - all about ericaceous compost
https://www.bestadvisers.co.uk/kitchen-compost-bins - compact compost bins, which I use (maybe will be interesting)
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/basics/ericaceous-compost-info.htm - how to make compost