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Compost buying guide

Give your plants the support they need for healthy growth

If you're looking to create a stunning garden with gorgeous flowers and thriving fruits, don’t just use the soil from your garden. Give your flowers, fruit and vegetables the best start by choosing the right compost to help them become established.

Compost buying guide

Compost has a superior structure to normal garden soil – both nutritionally and physically. Compost tends to have fertiliser added, offering the specific nutrients your plants need, whatever stage of development they’re at, for several weeks. Some will have organic matter added to them to help change the physical structure of the soil, making it richer or denser so that it's better at holding water.

So, if you're keen to give your plants a helping hand, let's find the right compost.

Compost buying guide

What are you growing?

Are you starting from scratch and planting seeds or cuttings? Or are you just replanting established plants into raised beds or larger pots? Do you want to grow fruit and vegetables? Or are you looking to grow something more exotic?

All these questions and their answers, help shape and determine what compost is best suited for your growing needs as we offer an extensive range of different types. These varieties have specific nutrients and formulas to help you with particular growing tasks.

So, think about what you’re going to be using your compost for and choose accordingly – though we also recommend having a multi-purpose compost on hand as well.

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Keeping your garden green

If you’re trying to stay environmentally friendly there are a couple of things to think about before you buy compost.

Firstly, try and pick a peat free option if you can. If you can’t find a peat free version of what you’re looking for, go for the option with the lowest amount of peat that you can find.

Universal compost

Universal compost is suitable for most planting jobs in the garden and contains varying levels of feed that will feed plants from six weeks up to six months. It's available up to 100% peat free or in organic varieties.

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Specialist compost

Specialist compost is available for plants such as Cactus, Bonsai, Orchids, citrus, aquatic and ericaceous (acid-loving) plants like azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons, and can feed plants for up to eight weeks. It's available with between 25% to 75% peat, and in organic varieties too.

Potting compost

Potting compost is specially formulated to have enhanced water retention, which makes it ideal for pots that can dry out quickly. It also contains feed and is aerated to encourage plant growth. Potting compost is enriched with essential plant nutrients and certain options encourage healthy growth for up to six weeks. You'll find it with reduced amounts of peat (50%, 58% or 70%) and in organic varieties.

Seed & cutting compost

Seed & cutting compost

Seed and cutting compost is fine- textured and free-draining which means it's ideal for more fragile roots to grow without restriction and with a lower risk of rot, and can feed plants for up to four weeks. It's available with either 75% or 50% peat, and in organic varieties

Grow bags

Grow bags are well balanced feed for growing fruits and vegetables, with high quality compost with 3 weeks feed and high levels of organic matter.

Top soil

Topsoil is the uppermost layer of soil, which is high in nutrients and organic matter. It can be used for making new beds, borders, raised beds or as a base for lawns, where the natural soil is poor or non-existent.



Mulch is used to improve the soil around plants by helping moisture retention, protecting roots, boosting fertility and preventing weeds from growing. It can be made from garden compost, or something decorative to keep your garden looking tidy like wood chippings. It's also suitable garden beds, borders, trees and shrubs as it helps to protect plant roots, suppress weeds and aid moisture retention. Mulch breaks down over time to gradually release plant nutrients and improve soil structure, and can be used all over the garden for mulching around trees, shrubs, plants, and flower beds