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Compost – 5 Characteristics It Shouldn’t Have

8th February

The lower the price you pay for your compost, typically, you should expect the quality to match. Shop-bought compost is generally produced in mass, therefore, less care and precaution is taken to make sure it’s up to the appropriate standard. In comparison to homemade compost, you have no control over what you expect to find when you open your bag. Therefore, no say in whether the compost will do the job you are wanting.

But how do you know whether your compost is low quality? Surely price isn’t the only determining factor. While price is a major determining factor, mostly because the ingredients required for manufacturers to compost their raw materials can be costly, they can often omit enough required to fully allow the raw materials to transform. Between meeting the needs of supply and demand and shifting product that has a shelf life, quality isn’t always at the top of the list of priorities. Despite what they might officially tell us. The simple solution might seem to be to pay more. Before considering spending more money, you need to know what signs to look for in your shop-bought compost.

Common characteristics of bad compost include:

Dampened moisture


Ammonia odour


Excessive traces of un-composted sawdust, wood fibre and weed seeds.


Traces of waste such as plastic or glass


The compost has not decomposed fully

Although the above characteristics can be found in any shop-bought compost, they are most likely going to be found in excessive amounts in poor quality, cheap compost.

For most, spending a large sum of money on compost isn’t plausible. So what can be done?

Envii Compost Probiotic is an organic, natural product that uses bacteria and seaweed to improve the quality of shop-bought compost. The beneficial bacteria break down large pieces of organic matter, while the seaweed adds essential nutrients back into the compost. Click here to find out more.

Alternatively, the best solution to avoid any surprises is to create your own so you know the exact contents of your compost. Here are 5 composting methods any gardener can try. If you are put off creating your own compost because it is a lengthy process, why not use Envii Compost Accelerator to help speed up the decomposition process.

Have a question? Get in touch with our friendly customer service team here.

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