The growing media industry says Legionnaire’s Disease warnings on bags of compost are still not necessary – despite a tragedy making headlines. Margaret Murphy’s husband Andrew died in 2014 from…

how to make compost

The easiest way to start composting at home is to invest in a compost-maker. Most garden centres will stock two sizes: 220-litres or 330-litres. The golden rule is to buy…

MAIN OPENING PIC GROUP SHOT OF COMPOST

Multi-purpose compost The best all-rounder. Once called ‘universal’ compost, these mixes cater for a host of uses – including sowing large seeds, pricking out seedlings and planting-up pots, containers and…

This is a great way to keep your children entertained during half term or weekends. Take them out for a walk and get them to choose some different shapes and sizes of leaf. Then when you get home place the leaf underneath a piece of paper and scribble over them with a coloured crayon or a pencil.

1) Composting Autumn leaves are great for composting especially tree leaves. Tree leaves are rich in trace minerals as they have drawn in nutrients from the subsoil gained from the…

Incredicompost

Incredicompost contains 80 per cent Irish peat mixed with 20 per cent wood fibre. “When plants fail to grow, people blame us – but they don’t question the performance of…

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Eliet chipper / shredder Prof 1V, tree / shrub branches up to 40 mm any hedge & shrub cuttings any green waste,  weeds, plants, leaves, brambles,  reduce to a fine material…

Buying compost B&Q February 2011

The peat content in composts available at garden centres fell between 2011 and 2012.  A study reveals peat made up 58 per cent of compost sold in 2011. In 2012…

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Spring bouncing forward The time has come to plant my potatoes in the ground. Yes it is rather early for some regions, but down here on the south coast, having…

The potting up box and soil scoop

Potting up box Potting trays aren’t the only moveable workstations on the market. A more compact version, which scores high on portability and good looks, is this potting-up box made…