Peat-free compost is not like a peat-based compost, they can vary greatly between brands, so it is worth experimenting with your chosen compost. The major differences are water retention and feeding.
Peat-free compost is great for water retention but, for plants that require good drainage, add grit or sharp sand to the mix.
For cuttings and seed sowing add vermiculite or perlite to improve aeration.
Peat-free composts contain a mix of essential nutrients which are required for the overall development of roots and for supporting plant growth, but these may require topping up more quickly than on a peat-based compost. A liquid feed may be used to boost nutrient levels or mix in natural fertilizers such as bone meal for slow release.
Jobs for February 2024
Hello Plant Enthusiasts of Shrewsbury, In the enchanting realm of gardening, winter challenges both you and your plants to weather the elements. It’s a journey that demands patience, gradually finding your rhythm as you prepare for the warmer months ahead. Yet, behold! Gardening in February brings with it a glimmer of light, signalling the approaching […]
Jobs for January 2024
Hello Garden Enthusiasts of Shrewsbury, As the new year unfolds, the trees stand bare, and the sky seems to have misplaced its sun, making the prospect of gardening in January quite a challenge. Nevertheless, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, there are tasks waiting to be done FLOWERS: It may seem […]
More Trees Please!
Why are trees so important? Trees are essential for people, the environment and wildlife! Not only aesthetically pleasing to look at, trees provide a variety of benefits we often overlook. Trees are beautiful! Trees add to local biodiversity and provide food and nesting resources for many different wildlife species. Birds, bees, bats, squirrels and numerous […]