Compost choices

We have a wide selection of different garden compost available in our garden centre. As such, it might be difficult to know which one to choose. However, it becomes rather simple by asking yourself the three questions below. 

  1. Is my plant growing in a border or in a simple container? 
    Soil improvers such as well-rotted farmyard manure boost nutrients in the open garden, so that's what you should use added to the planting hole for new shrubs, trees and perennials. Annuals and bedding in containers enjoy multi-purpose compost, but for longer-lasting displays of shrubs, perennials or grasses mix this 50:50 with a soil-based compost like John Innes no. 3, which holds on to nutrients for longer.
     
  2. Is my plant acid-loving? 
    Ericaceous or acid-loving plants, including Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias and Blueberries, only grow well in soils with a pH (acidity) of less than 6.5. If your soil isn't naturally acidic, grow them in containers of special ericaceous compost, also available in our garden centre. 
     
  3. Do I need compost for propagating seeds or cuttings? 
    Seeds germinate best in soil-based seed compost such as John Innes Seed. Later, young seedlings can be potted up into multi-purpose compost. 

Please as the staff in our garden centre for more information and advice about choosing the right compost for your plants. 

A selection of Compost choices

  • Jack's Magic

    Jack's Magic

    All Purpose Compost 

    Westland
    £6.99 / 2 for £12
  • John Innes

    John Innes

    Multi-Purpose Compost 

    Westland
    £6.99 / Buy 3 Get 4th Free
  • John Innes

    John Innes

    Ericaceous Compost 

    Westland
    £5.99 / Mix & Match 3 for £15
  • John Innes

    John Innes

    Seed Sowing Compost 

    Westland
    £4.99 / Mix & Match 3 for £15
  • John Innes No. 1

    John Innes No. 1

    Young Plants Compost 

    Westland
    £4.99 / Mix & Match 3 for £15
  • John Innes No. 2

    John Innes No. 2

    Potting-on Compost 

    Westland
    £4.99 / Mix & Match 3 for £15
  • John Innes no. 3

    John Innes no. 3

    Mature Plant Compost 

    Westland
    £4.99 / Mix & Match 3 for £15
  • Peat free & organic

    Peat free & organic

    Multi-purpose compost 

    New Horizon
    £6.99 / 2 for 12
  • Bulb planting compost

    Bulb planting compost

    Free draining compost for dry, healthy bulbs

    Westland
    £3.99
  • Top soil

    Top soil

    For general planting & lawn preparation

    Westland
    £3.99 / 3 for £10
  • Soil conditioner

    Soil conditioner

    Contains a natural source of humus

    Westland
    £5.99 / 2 for £10
  • Gro-sure

    Gro-sure

    Smart ground cover

    Westland
    £9.99 / 2 for £18
  • Lawn & turf dressing

    Lawn & turf dressing

    For lawn repairs, aerating & turf laying

    Westland
    £4.99 / 3 for £12
  • Ericaceous compost

    Ericaceous compost

    Low pH compost for acid-loving plants 

    J. Arthur Bower's
    £5.99 / Mix & Match 2 for £10
  • Tub & basket compost

    Tub & basket compost

    For better blooms and less watering 

    J. Arthur Bower's
    £5.99 / Mix & Match 2 for £10
  • Rose tree & shrub compost

    Rose tree & shrub compost

    With added magnesium for greener rose leaves 

    J. Arthur Bower's
    £5.99 / Mix & Match 2 for £10
  • Organic Farm Manure

    Organic Farm Manure

    A natural source of organic matter, enriches soil by adding vital humus and nutrients 

    J. Arthur Bower's
    £5.99 / 3 for £10
  • Multi-purpose compost

    Multi-purpose compost

    For healthy abundant growth and beautiful results 

    J. Arthur Bower's
    £4.99 / 3 for £10
  • Bed & border chipped bark

    Bed & border chipped bark

    Use all around the garden

    Westland
    £7.99 / 2 for £14
  • Landscape bark

    Landscape bark

    For coverage of large areas 

    Westland
    £8.99 / 2 for £15
  • Decorative Mini Bark

    Decorative Mini Bark

    Ideal for small borders and containers 

    Westland
    £6.99 / 2 for £12
  • Puckamuck

    Puckamuck

    Puckamuck
    £6.99 / 2 for £12
  • Instant Planter

    Instant Planter

    For healthy fruit and vegetable plants 

    New Horizon
    Was £4.99 Now £3
  • Gro-Sure Tomato planter

    Gro-Sure Tomato planter

    Enriched with tomato feed

    Westland
    £4.99 / 2 for £8
  • Growbag

    Growbag

    For strong, healthy fruit, flowers and vegetables

    Westland
    £2.99 / 4 for £10
  • Dougall Oops! (100g)

    Dougall Oops! (100g)

    House & Patio Plant Nutrient Fibre

    Made from shredded Alpaca beans, it's stronger than cattle and horse manure with no odour!

    Broadlands Meadows Farm
    £3.99
  • Dougall Oops! (350g)

    Dougall Oops! (350g)

    House & Patio Plant Nutrient Fibre

    Made from shredded Alpaca beans, it's stronger than cattle and horse manure with no odour!

    Broadlands Meadows Farm
    £8.99