Forum home Fruit & veg

Soil or compost

I've built a wooden planter about 2m x .4m x .3m.

I'm going to put in tomato plants and carrots to start. 

What mix of top soil and compost should I go for?


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,395

    I'm not sure that  tomatoes and carrots are a good thing to plant together, tomatoes need feed, carrots don't.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • GrassyKnollGrassyKnoll Posts: 95

    Ok. Thanks for that. I have 2 planters sonic could keep them separate. 

    I'm thinking of just getting 6 bags of top soil and 3 compost and mixing them together. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,779

    I would use a mix of topsoil and well rotted manure, rather than multi-purpose compost which breaks down to dust much quicker than manure.  Manure improves the water retention properties of the mix as well as containing nutrients for the tomatoes ........... not for the carrots. 

    Last edited: 23 May 2017 16:57:34

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

Sign In or Register to comment.