24

September

2019

Organic compost – tips from our gardening customers

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We’ve been selling our organic compost since 1992. We always listen to customer feedback. Here are some key tips and thoughts from some of our customers:

Tips from our National Trust customers

Did you know all National Trust properties are peat-free? We’re honoured to count many of their properties as customers. Check out what their leading gardeners’ tips here:

Use watering to compact the organic compost

Shugborough peatfree compost users - terrace - copyright Caroline Beacall

“Don’t compress Fertile Fibre compost too much. It’s best to take a seed tray, level it off and then water the soil. The process of watering will compact the compost just enough.”

Senior Gardener Caroline Beacall at National Trust’s Shugborough Estate

Read more in Focus on: peatfree compost users Shugborough Estate

Give it room to breathe

Hanbury Hall vegetables - copyright Neil Cook
Hanbury Hall vegetables – copyright Neil Cook

“Some of our volunteer gardeners tend to want to over-compact the compost.

You need to give it room to breathe, especially when potting on in the spring and for over the winter.”

Head Gardener Neil Cook at National Trust’s Hanbury Hall

Read more on Focus on: the quality peat-free gardens of Hanbury Hall

Great for a bit of ‘oomph’

Cragside - peat-free cuttings copyright National Trust
Peat-free cuttings copyright National Trust

“The Fertile Fibre potting loam mix is great for bit of ‘oomph’. There’s enough food to keep cuttings going until they’re put into the borders. It’s working an absolute treat.”

Senior Gardener Dale Stevens at Cragside, owned by the National Trust

Check out: Focus on: the peat-free gardening masterpiece Cragside

From a commercial grower

Peace of mind for germination

No-dig vegetable Brandywine Tomato copyright Spindlebrook Farm
No-dig vegetable Brandywine Tomato copyright Spindlebrook Farm

“Fertile Fibre provides a high germination rate and strong, sturdy seedlings.

We know the seedlings aren’t going to show signs of stress after only a couple of weeks.”

Hen Anderson, owner of Spindlebrook Farm, a No-Dig vegetable market garden in Devon

Read more in Focus on: a no-dig vegetable market garden in Devon

From a green-fingered domestic gardener

A quick way to improve soil structure

Domestic gardener and Carol Klein fan Caroline

“Coir is a great soil improver and really adds organic matter to improve the structure of old or compressed soil. Just scatter coir bales onto ground you wish to improve and wait for rain. The bales swell up with the rain and break up and it’s simply a matter of spreading out the coir and digging it in!

If you’re in a hurry, just rehydrate the bales in a wheelbarrow.”

‘Our’ Caroline from the office – and the grower featured in 2019’s Twitter peat-free season

Read more in: Focus on: a green-fingered domestic gardener

From the man himself

Our Fertile Fibre organic compost was developed by Cottage Herbery nurseryman Rob Hurst. Here’s what he has to say:

Fluff it up

“When you first open your bag of Fertile Fibre, tip it out onto your potting bench and ‘fluff’ it up. You will be amazed how the volume increases before your very eyes.”

Don’t compress organic compost

“Don’t compress the seed compost too much, just level it with a sharp tap on the potting bench and get sowing! The same goes when potting up as it makes for better water absorption.”

Mediterranean mix?

“Are you growing Mediterranean plants or anything that requires sharp drainage? Just mix a couple of handfuls of horticultural grit in with the potting mix!”

Cottage Herbery nurseryman Rob Hurst, inventor of Fertile Fibre compost. Here he is in one of our videos:

Read more in Focus on: peat-free cottage garden plants growers

Check out our full range of organic compost

Order through our online store and we can deliver organic compost to your door!

Not sure what compost you need?

Take a look at What’s best: Multipurpose, Potting, Seed Compost? We’re always happy to have a chat too. Just give us a call on 01432 853 111

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