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granmagranma Posts: 1,929

 Is it normal practice to build up established  borders each year with garden center compost.     I've been asked this question , I'm not sure how to answer as I only put spent compost  post back into my borders. I use compost when  plant ing .

But other than that I don't scatter the compost in borders willy  nilly .

If anything scatter granular food around existing plants / shrubs .

What do others do? 


  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    I'm only learning about this myself granma but the "wise ones" seem to be of the opinion that MPC breaks down too easily to be of any benefit in beds. My raised beds are just dust and the suspicion is that that's why. I've topped them up with a mixture of topsoil and chicken poo with just a wee taste of MPC. When I win the lottery I'll use composted horse manure as it seems to be the gold standard. 

    I really must start doing the lottery!

    Last edited: 30 May 2016 09:59:45

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,299

    I find spent  mp compost improves the structure of my clay soil but I doubt that it adds much else

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532

    I agree with B3,t they also sell soil improvers image

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