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Sorry if I have placed this in the wrong section.  Advice and experience of peat free composts requested please.  We are newbies to peat free (I am ashamed to admit).  We do use a lot of homemade compost which must be good for the environment and my conscience. We have recently purchased some Melcourt peat free bags of compost from our local Blue Diamond garden centre which I believe contains coir and then I read in Gardeners World that this is imported so is this acceptable?

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 6,923
    Coir is from coconuts GD so will have to be imported.
    Maybe with climate change we'll be growing them in the Uk one day tho..
    As far as I now coir is quite eco-friendly
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 28,143
    edited February 2020
    I'm not ashamed to admit that I don't use peat free compost. 
    Ireland burns millions of tons of peat every year in their power stations, so I'm not going to feel guilty about the few kilos I use per year
    Devon.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 6,923
    Hostafan1 said:
    I'm not ashamed to admit that I don't use peat free compost. 
    Ireland burns millions of tons of peat every year in their power stations, so I'm not going to feel guilty about the few kilos I use per year
    Couldn't agree more Hosta
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 9,484
    Ireland's pete policy has been a disaster. No point in adding bad to worse.

    "It's fine to shoot one or two golden eagles because farmers have been doing it for years".

    Why add to the world's problems?
  • nicktennickten Posts: 118
    I've been using New Horizon and B+Q's own brand peat free, no complaints. Not bothered with what Ireland does, can only be bothered about what I do.
  • SlumSlum Posts: 323
    Some things I can control, some I can’t. I can control what I use in my garden but not what power stations in Ireland burn. I’m happy I’m doing my bit.

    There are plenty of big polluters of the oceans so I just throw my plastic waste into the sea. When they stop, then I will. 😉

    I used Melcourt Sylvagrow last year and it was excellent. I’ve also had good results making my own with coir, a cheap green waste compost and garden soil. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 28,143
    the bit about not feeling guilty still applies
    Devon.
  • I used Melcourt Sylvagrow last year and it was excellent. I’ve also had good results making my own with coir, a cheap green waste compost and garden soil. 

    That is the same as our new purchase @[email protected], so I was pleased to read that you are happy with  the results.

    If everyone used the peat free alternatives then the price would come down even more.  I am pleased to do my bit for the environment. Think of the generations to come rather than thinking just of yourself.

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