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embarassed after 60 years of gardening to be asking, with the lockdown cannot get new compost, can I use my own for baskets, pots, I have a bag of JI no 2 seed compost, (seeds grown in it as opposed to compost have done really badly this year), it was a new bag, bought this year) can I mix it up, I know its low nutrient.


  • herbaceousherbaceous Posts: 2,318
    I too am getting a bit desperate @Nanny Beach as the promised compost my daughter ordered may be a Christmas present at this rate. The veg comes first so I am mixing some BF&B with a mix of garden soil and my compost for the baskets and crossing my fingers  :)

    They are all still in the greenhouse at the moment and have a funny mix of plants in them as I just used whatever was to hand, in the lap of the gods. I guess we just have to do what we can and hope?  Hope you manage something.
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • Don't know where about you are, but our local garden centres are delivering bags of compost.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586
    East Sussex and they are all closed
  • Sorry, but know they are all closed but have you tried phoning or looking on there web site.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,932
    If all else fails l would just go with what you've got.
    As you say, it's low in nutrients but if you're going to use it for baskets and pots you could add a bit of  general purpose feed following the guidelines of course (if you've got any), and then feed using whatever you have available, through the duration. Needs must  :)
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586
    widget I got e mails from the ones I use like Hillier saying they are all closed till further notice, no mention of delivery, neighbour tried to get onto B & Q site, was over one thousandth!!! in the queue.  Wa just wondering about mixing the JI, with some of my own, yup, deffo, veg came first, I had mulched it last Autumn with the homemade, and again this spring.You cant get rhu on the phone.Got grow more and similar products.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    If you have any slow-release fertiliser pellets, mix them in and it will be fine for baskets etc. Same for FB&B, which is also slow release.  Add anything which will help retain moisture too, such as leaf mould or garden compost, as long as it is well rotted.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586
    Yes, Bob, I do have slo release, course, the JI is very fine "soil like", yes the home made is probably a year old, and nice and rotted. I think we are out of BF & B, will have to check shed.  Be funny if they flower better than usual!!!
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586
    Hubby unbeknown to me while I was watch download of DEVS, popped to B & Q, and got a couple of bags of compost.
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