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compost or top soil

Hi i have some excess compost and i was thinking of puting it on my beds instead of top soil.

1 is this a good idea?

2 what is the difference between the two?



  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Yes that's a good idea, provided it's proper compost and not just shredded cardboard.

    Compost is decomposed organic living matter - grass, old plants, wood, etc.

    Top soil may have some decomposed living matter in it, but it also has a mixture of inorganic hard materials, like clay and sand and stones. So soil has more 'substance' and weight to it.

    Neither necessaiily have any nutrients. So you might still need to add some fertiliser or manure for some plants to grow well.

    More expensive composts, like John Innes, do have some soil, and fertiliser, in them.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Is this bought compost or home made? Do you have to put something on the beds?

  • pash2pash2 Posts: 95

    Sorry it is the compost from Asda and some from my bin too.

    My soil is clayish to clay and i have mixed in manure to try and break it down.

    I also have a lot of nettle plant food on the go.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    If it is asda compost ideal to go on the bedsimage The compost I buy I usually reserve for specific projects, as it can become an expensive part of this hobby.

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