Best multi purpose compost this year ?

Hi all dose any body know what is the best multi purpose compost this year ? I brought some auther bowers this year as that's all my local garden center had at the time but it has grown mushrooms and mould and the plant poted up in it have died . I used west woods with john inning last year and was really good but can't find anyone who stocks it this year . 


  • I'm finding my young plants in the homebase plus stuff doing better than those in the b&q stuff, which seems to go mouldy very quickly.
  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    50 litres at B+Q ,verne type.very good.

  • Wickes has a buy 2 get 3rd free on Westland. its got John innes in it. £5.99 A bag for 50 ltrs. I use it every year and its great. I tried the B&Q one a few years ago and I kept getting a black residue coming out of it, like it was covered in soot or something. I also found it to be very woody.

  • I find Homebase MP possibly the best from a large retailer.BQ seems to have improved but not for seed has it has too much woody bits in it.

    Used a composts called Jacks  Magic for my baskets and containers last year and had great results

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 2,092

    The Homebase own brand Plus has far too much in the way of large and woody stuff in it.  It looks more like the output from a garden shredder than compost.  I used some last autumn to plant up bulbs in pots and the surface looked like a mountain range as the bulbs started to shoot. Instead of just pushing up through the compost, lumps of compost were pushed up.

  • Mark 499Mark 499 Posts: 379

    I am using the standard Homebase mpc this year it's very good, also tried some Westland mpc & it seems identical to the Homebase stuff.

  • All our allotment plot-holders swear by Clover multi-purpose. It is 100% peat, and does all the jobs very well.

    Ethics aside, when you are doing a lot of plant-raising, chopped tree products are a waste of time.

  • nodlisabnodlisab Posts: 394

    Cant beat Jacks Magic from homebase,the best compost I have ever bought. A bit dearer than others but well worth it.

  • weejennyweejenny Posts: 391

    Jacks magic without a doubt!! lovely stuff  I got deal 3 for £12 

  • bill footbill foot Posts: 1

    Have used J Arthur Bowers this year, as have a number of friends, and have found it very poor, with large amounts of wood waste and plastic pieces, presumably from recycling centres! Will not use again.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    I agree Bill, it was never as bad as that in the past was it? I wonder if the company is under new management. Or no managementimage

    I haven't complained yet but I will and you should as well. The peat free is OK though.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Carbon gold from OGC. Best stuff i have ever used but costs a small fortune! They do a sample pack of three products for ??15, worth a try.

    Worst one was lidl, i had the same issues as you have had, everything else has been much of a muchness, have a look on creativegardenideas site, they are really good value and deliver free of charge in most areas if you spend ??30 image
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Sorry that should have been ??30
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Ok, never mind the question marks should be a pound sign image
  • Carol 13Carol 13 Posts: 30

    Yeah I'm on j Arthur bowers too our local makro had it on offer and although it's a bit woody I just pick out the obvious big bits save it to one side and then when planting a bigger plant chuck it in the bottom of pots, helps with the drainage! 

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    I  am another disappointed A Bowers user this year.  Our garden club chairman and allotmenteer recommends Erin.  

    Both Jacks Magic and Erin use peat - so perhaps we do have to use peat to get a reasonable seed/potting compost?

  • Disappointed with Miracle grow this year, a bit mouldy.

    Try Lidl brand at £1.99 for 35 ltrs.  Its a good basic compost

  • GWRSGWRS Posts: 5,108

    Hello , over the years I have tried the cheap and cheerful , B & Q and everything in between but keep coming back to Levington's  which seems consistently good image

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    I have been happy with the Erin this year - good texture, very few gremlins and four for a tenner at the GC, including nice young man to lift into the Mum-bus!

  • John HardingJohn Harding Posts: 473

    I agree with Mike Allen, I have used a lot of Westlands composts this year and yes, they have been very good but I've only bought the Westlands because I couldn't find any JAB. Last week I visited a local nursery I have never been to in the 48 years we've lived here and they had plenty of JAB 100 litre bales in stock @ £6.00 each so I immediately bought 1 multipurpose and 1 bark chips to try.

    I was able to see the composition of the MP because the nursery had a GH with about a dozen 100 litre bales laid on the GH floor, tops cut out and 4 tomato plants growing in each. The plants looked fantastically healthy and the compost looked very acceptable. I have potted on a few plants in the JAB MP already and they are doing fine.

    Over all I have always favoured JAB MP when I can get it. Companies like JAB do a lot of research and have good quality control so I really wouldn't be put off by what the compost looks like because you can bet it will bring good results if used as the manufacturer suggests. As Mike suggests (depending on what I'm growing) I add a little composted manure to the mix - particularly with courgettes.

    Incidentally, we picked 3 courgettes and 5 cucumbers today: yum!

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