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John Innes v Topsoil

madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422

I have difficulty getting sacks of John Innes compost as I have no transport and I don't order enough to warrant paying for delivery.

Can I use Durstons Enriched Top Soil (A quality blended topsoil containing sterilised loam and added organic matter) which I can get delivered to my door as a single sack from my milkman instead of John Innes No.3? I know the nutrients would not be the same and I never use John Innes composts 'straight' in that it is mixed in with either multi purpose compost to give a bit of weight or mixed with grit etc for my sempervivums and succulents (both indoors and outside).

I have used this topsoil in the garden and it is good quality.

What do you all think? image

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,849

    I think if you add in some fertiliser such as blood fish and bone, or osmocote granules, it will be fine.

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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422

    I have now ordered some topsoil for delivery tomorrow.I still have a bit of John Innes No.3 left so I shall compare the two!

    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
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