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Using Peat-free compost

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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.

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