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  • KT53KT53 Posts: 5,012

    the problem with trying to recommend is that the mix may change between seasons, and even between production batches.  I bought 'own brand' a couple of years ago and it was virtually unusable.  It was so coarse it could almost have been used as a weed suppressant.

    Maybe we should suggest to the producers that they have a clear panel on the side of the bag so that we can see before we buy without the need to make a sneaky hole in the side when nobody is looking.image

  • B3B3 Posts: 16,993

    You're right KT. They do change from year to year and when you think about it, why wouldn't they? It's a relatively natural product. We expect it with wine, so why not compost? I Like the idea of the panel. Also, information about content and provenance  - like that's going to happen!

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Personally my recommendation would be the Clover compost. I find it very consistent and have never had any bad results with it. I use a lot of it an get 3 for £10.

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  • nodlisabnodlisab Posts: 395

    Agree with B3 Verve is the worst I have ever bought.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 27,606

    "Clover prides itself on its products being manufactured from 100% quality Irish Peat"

    You'll be on the hit list guys.image 

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 17,246

    I always use Erin Malloy.

    i will try the Wyvale this year though as they are selling on offer four 75 lt bags for 20.00.

    seeds will germinate in anything, you don't want rich soil for those, I add perlite For drainage. It doesn't need to be soaked, I cringe when I see Monty Don with that huge metal watering can, go right over the tops of the seeds.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 27,606
    Lyn wrote (see)

    , I cringe when I see Monty Don




  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 6,632

    I've almost always used Levington, but I did try verve a few yrs ago - complete rubbish - literally - bit's of blue plastic and broken glass in it, the bags weighed a ton and the muck inside weighed as much as lead.

    Another problem is old compost. I' find if I buy early in the year sometimes what I get is obviously last years stuff - black, heavy and doesn't smell too good.
    I leave it as late as possible before ordering these days

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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