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Im wanting to pot some plants, however im having a problem choosing the best compost to plant them in.  I have seen great reviews regarding b&q verve range. I cannot stress how much i disagree with the reviews i have read. i have had nothing but problems such as mushrooms growing and my plants are actually dying whilst in this compost. can anyone recommend anything else for me to use?




  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    I get Clover multipurpose from our allotment shop, there are never any large lumps in it. It contains peat, you haven't specified if you do or don't like to use peat

  • fluerisa,

    Im a new gardener, so im unsure to be honest any guidance is gratfully recieved, what would you reccommend?

  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    I use compost containing peat. Peat free composts are too variable

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    If you have the money, use carbon gold - wow! Best stuff ive ever used image

    Other than that, i havent found much difference between brands, and ive tried most! What are you planting? Do you have any access to soil in your garden, it can some times help to add a little garden soil as it has lots of living things in it which help plants.

    This year ive used a lot of compressed coir, only really for seed sowing but have been really pleased.

    Miccrorhysal fungi (easy to find from a web search) is another thing i swear by, but i wouldnt bother for bedding plants image

    Hope you get on well, is so annoying when bad compost kills your plants, dont worry, its happened to most of us image
  • oh thank you very much, the verve one was discusting to be honest and have had a host of problems and loads of worms too, im not sure if thats a good thing or bad thing to be honest like i say ive only just started to like gardening and flowers before that i just had acers and bamboos and anything that doesnt need maintainance, but now trying the flower thing and im struggling with what to plant it in ive tried verve multipurpose, verve john innis 1,2 and 3 and there top soil all rubbbish, xxx

  • hiya bekkie

    I have ordered some carbon gold but not compost its the compost improver, im  just taking fuschias out of my hanging baskets and window box and just re potting them, my soil from my garden is clay soil, so i wouldnt have thought that would have been good.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Worms are good!

    I find the rougher compost best for outdoor beds or very large pots, maybe its too strong for small stuff???

    There has been a lot of discussion about compost on here recently, no one seems too impressed by anything. If you have stuff you need to use up you could always get some of that coir stuff (i get mine from the pound shop) and mix it with some of the compost you have, its probably worth sieving it if its really rough! image

    If you need quite a bit of compost, have a look on creative garden ideas site, they deliver free to many parts of the UK when you spend 30 pounds image
  • oh lovely thank you

    i have just paid £27 for carbon gold 4.5 kg bucket off qvc that includes p&p but if id have known about the £1 shop id have gone there.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    I dont think you will be dissapointed with your purchase, i had a little trial pack of different carbon gold things from the organic gardening catalogue, in comparison to other things i have tried this stuff was on another level, the seed compost was like silk to touch, amazing stuff! image

    You can always use the pound shop stuff another day, but i suspect you wont want to change if the carbon gold is as good as the stuff i had image
  • bekkie thanks

    im a bit of a panic newbie gardener at the moment. image

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