If you’re going to buy compost, buy this kind…
We feel that if people are going to stick to buying shop compost, they should do so by making informed decisions. Rather than simply buying the cheapest product and wasting money on something that potentially may not only be ineffective but also detrimental to the user.
When buying good quality compost, you should look for a product which is peat, coir or bark based. We don’t necessarily advocate for the peat-based compost due to the damaging effect of peat mining on the environment. However, coir and bark-based compost are very good quality peat-free alternative compost options for those who are environmentally cautious.
With bark, peat and coir-based compost, the raw materials are essentially inherent. Manufacturers of compost composed of these raw materials will add the relevant and necessary fertiliser and limes. As well as other things to create the optimum environment for plant nutrient uptake in their compost. High-quality compost does come with a price, however, manufacturers add a bespoke combination of nutrients (such as MPK – Monoptassium Phosphate and trace elements) to their compost that is designed to complement the raw materials.