Best Supplier Of Compost 2022

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  1. JWK

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    don't know the best supplier, i used to use Levingtons M3 but can not get hold of it last two years (i can get it online but refuse to pay £20+ for 60 ltrs) so i have bought 6 bags of Jacks magic to try this year,(50 litrer bags for £3.95 each) I will mix it with 20% worm compost and keep posting on results.
    I have checked a bag and looks to be a decent composition
    Regds Sandy
     
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      Bought a few bags of Jacks last year but unlike previous years found it to be quiet lumpy and a good few large chunks of bark or root like stuff, almost needed so sieve it first.
      Hopefully it will be back to its regular fine mix this year ?

      Been reading about peat free compost in some of the weekly gardening mags and there are a few recommended, but stockist so far and few between you can only get them by mail order and like @sanymac says , its then about £20 a bag !

      Has anyone found well stocked peat free compost in garden centers that does give good results for seeds and potting on ?
      They say (?) its not good to store peat compost from one year to the next, but bet many will be starting to stock up with peat before the 2024 deadline.
       
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        I only buy a small bag of John Innes 1 and mix this with equal parts of sieved own compost & Coir for seeds.
        For potting on/small plants I mix equal parts of sieved own compost, Coir, some Perlite and feed.
        I do understand some can't or haven't the space for compost bins.
         
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          Is the £20 for 60L a delivered price? never seen Levington M3 in a 60L bag, it's always been 75L

          I know ICL have sold the retail side of the Levington compost brand, they now concentrate mainly on the commercial side. The M3 is now a new formula with new design packaging, which now has 20% wood fibre incorporated in the mix and still in their usual 75L bags.

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            I have been using Sylvagrow peat free compost ( the one flashed with “ no green waste “ ) for the last couple of seasons , for potting on and mixing with my own compost for containers. Results have been very acceptable, watering needs more attention until you get used to it. Haven’t used it for seeds yet , can’t quite take the plunge ! . I might do a few test trays this year.:smile:
             
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              I allways used the 75litre bags , a 60litre bag was the size quoted online that was another reason i would not buy sounded iffy
               
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                I've not come across this leavington
                M3.
                Why is it so expensive.
                Is the high price in order to put off the general public from buying it.

                I can't imagine commercial growers paying prices like that for such a small amount.
                 
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                It was not normally so expensive i used to get it from my local garden centre for £5-99 per 75litre bag, cheaper if bought in bulk, I got it for £5-00 per bag when buying ten
                Regds Sandy, The £20 + price is what they are asking for in the internet
                 
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                • Hanglow

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                  I tend to use sinclair composts, they seem to be good. Not cheap but I raise all my veg in small modules so it is economical, maybe 2L of compost for 60 plants, and reinvigorate old bought compost with added home made/6X etc. in larger pots.
                  Search Results - link to where I buy them from. Not sure if it is economical to order them for delivery though

                  I did buy one bag of Jack's magic that I have used this year for my chillis, it seems to be good this year, just a couple of stones I had to remove.
                   
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