“ Brand: Homebase / Type: Compost „
I am a keen gardener although not always successful in my attempts to grow things however I always keep trying. I believe that for flowers and plants to have the best chance you need to start with the basics and that is making sure the soil is in good condition and contains all the nutrients for a good result.
I always go to Homebase for my gardening needs, the reason mainly being that there is a Homebase store less than a mile away and I can walk there although as I have recently found out this is a quite a long way to walk carrying two tins of paint!
I usually get the 60 litre size as I can just about carry this on my own from the store to the car and also manoeuvre it around the garden quite easily. The last bag I bought was £4.99 and I only bought the one bag as this is all I needed at the time. The 60 litre bag is currently on offer for 4 bags for the price of 3. They also do a 120 litre bag for £7.49 and a 20 litre bag for £3.29 but there are currently no offers on these.
The bags are quite strong and I am not able to open it just using my hands so I usually use the trowel or a pair of scissors. I open it all the way across at the top and then scoop the compost out with my hands or a trowel. It can feel quite solid sometimes which I think is down to being stored but you can loosen it easily by rubbing it with your hands or turning it with a fork. I love the smell of compost and this one smells quite rich and earthy and is a dark brown colour. When I have finished using it I just roll the top down and keep it in the shed.
I use the compost to mix with soil in my baskets and planters and I also add some to my vegetable patch. I have got a compost bin which I use more for the vegetables but like to mix a bit of this compost in as does provide a feed in the mixture. Also every spring I plant a few trays of seeds which have always took really well and have grown into healthy plants for my garden.
As I have not used any other brand of compost I cannot make any comparisons but I give this compost 5 stars as it is easy to use and does seem to provide the extra nurture to boost my plants and vegetables. I would not rule out trying other brands but unless I cannot get it from Homebase can't think of any reason why I would change. It absorbs water very well as it takes quite a lot of water before it starts to trickle out of my hanging baskets.
I would recommend this as a great everyday multi purpose compost at a reasonable price
I have not long moved house and the garden has needed a lot of attention, so I have been spending a lot of time planning and organising what to do and where to put things, we had a partly rotten pergola, which my handy husband has salvaged and turned into to a herb trough for outside the kitchen, so I need something to fill it and whilst perusing the isles in Homebase I came across their own brand multi purpose compost, a bag costs £4.99 for 120 litres and at the time it was on a 3 for 2 offer, so car fully loaded and then unloaded by handy, strong husband, as the bags are very heavy and awkward to lift I set about thinking about which herbs, which I had grown from seedlings in the potting shed, I would place where.
The compost is designed to be peat free, ideal for all plant growth stages, absorbs water easily and will feed plants for up to 5 weeks. The compost is much like any other I have used, in that it smells earthy, is dark brown in colour and it has a light, crumbly feel, though you do get a few lumps in the bag which will need to be broken up with a fork.
I ended up using 1.5 bags in total, and found that with two (me and husband) people we could life the bag and empty it straight into the trough, when I am on my own I tend to cut open the bag and then scoop the compost out, as it is easier that way. I planted coriander, flat leaf parsley, curly parsley, apple mint, garden mint, basil, thyme, oregano and chives.
Overall I would give this product 4 stars as all of my herbs have grown well, I have not had any issues with water logging, which I thought I might given the terrible wet weather we have been having and also given that the product absorbs waster easily, so to conclude the compost has performed well and I would repurchased, especially when it is on special offer.
A good hearty bag of multi-purpose compost is exactly what you need for treating your garden well. I always like to grow my own bedding plants so I use some of this to kick start the life of my seeds. I also use it for giving my plants the best start as it ensures they have the right combination of nutrients and it is moist enough to get them bedded in quickly and established. I love having the new fresh soil and plants in the borders as it looks so fresh and well cared for. The soil has a really lovely rich dark brown colour.
==Price and availability==
A large 120 L bag costs £9.49 which works out better value than small fiddly bags. Just take someone strong to carry it! It is bought from Homebase.
The compost comes in an easy to tear open bag that keeps the compost moist and stops creatures getting in. The compost is rich and dark. It crumbles, but if you ball it in a fist it stays which shows that the soil is moist. The crumbliness shows that there is no clay in the mixture. The soil is easy to work with and easy to pat down. It holds on to moisture well so it keeps the plants hydrated.
When I plant my seeds I put them in a greenhouse after planting them. I always fill a seed tray with the soil and pat it down with my fingers; I then insert a seed in easy compartment. I have had a lot of luck with my hanging baskets and borders so I contribute some of my success to the quality of the soil. When I plant my seeds outside, I always fill the hole with the new soil so it gives the plants the best start in life. The soil is easy to water as it does not float away in bits but it expands and retains the water. It does not take long for the plants to establish. The beauty of this soil is that it can be used in all variety of circumstances, form hanging baskets to fruit and veg growing. It is a good value bag and if you have somewhere to store it, you can keep using it throughout the year. The bag does not last long with me as I always like to refill my planters and my hanging baskets with fresh soil.
We have tried a couple of times to get into the whole home composting thing and pretty much both occasions have been a fail, my naive initial belief that you just pile everything in and leave nature to take its course was shown up to be wrong and my other half is away with work too much to be able to do it as gardening is not top of his priority list when he is at home.
This multi purpose compost from Homebase has to do the trick instead, it costs around the £8-£9 mark for a 120 litre bag which is a decent weight to have to shift so that is definately a job for him. The easiest way to access the contents is to open across the top of the bag, the compost itself can then be removed in fairly solid lumps and then broken down until it crumbles into the smaller fibres that are added to the bedding pots or over the area where I'm ready to plant. It has quite a dry texture so is not really messy to handle however when you water the compost takes on the turgid feel that you would expect. It really does soak up and hold the water, trapping in the mositure that will help the plants to grow and develop.
It can be used with seeds and also plants that are established as it is a multi purpose compost. It has a rich dark colour. As far as the results go I cannot complain as we have had a pretty good bloom this year in the garden and given that we do not grow a lot of plants a single bag lasts a decent amount of time.
The instructions state that it will last for 4-5 weeks in total and based on my experience that seems to be an accurate claim. It also comes in a smaller 60 litre size as well.
Before I begin this review I would just like to say that I am no gardener! I enjoy having a go and if it is something fairly easy to grow I do have some success but that's about it.
What I do always keep in the shed is a large bag of Homebase Multi-Purpose Compost which I use for all sorts of things. The cost of a 120litre bag is currently £7.49 with a reduction of £2 if you buy three bags. I usually have these really big bags as they work out cheaper in the long run and, of course, they last a lot longer than the smaller bags. The only problem is the weight of them - I have to wait until hubby is around to fetch the compost for me in the car. I certainly wouldn't be carrying this on the bus that's for sure.
Anyway once it is at home it gets put on the floor in the shed and the top is cut across so that I can get at the compost inside. At this stage the compost is quite solid as it is very compacted so it isn't exactly easy to get it out of the bag. I tend to use my little fork to break it up a bit and then scoop out handfuls at a time crumbling the compost between my hands to break it up. At this stage it is dry and fairly clean to handle.
Once the compost is in the pot or whatever you are intending to use to grow your plants you will then need to water it well either before doing your planting or immediately afterwards.
The compost is suitable for 'all stages of plant growth' and I have used this to start seeds growing and they were very successful. I have used it in pots for new plants and established ones and it worked well there too.
As we live on the slopes of the Great Orme in Llandudno our land is all rock so we have raised beds which have been built especially for plants and also various natural hollows in the rock face too. I have cleared out some of the beds that were overgrown and thrown away most of the soil from them replacing it with this compost. I have then planted bedding plants for some summer colour - nothing clever - just alyssum and lobelia and they have made a beautiful show of colour.
I have done the same thing with a lot of the hollows too and thrown away the rubbish that was in them replacing it with compost. Here I have planted heathers and a couple of saxifrage all of which have thrived.
At our previous house I used this compost in a selection of hanging baskets and it worked there too!
The compost, like any other, absorbs and holds water to a great extent which is great for the plants especially if we were to have a dry spell - we should be so lucky!
In conclusion I would definitely recommend this compost for serious gardeners and dabblers alike. If I can grow plants in it anyone can, believe me!
I have always used Homebase own brand compost for my pots and baskets and have never been disappointed. Every year we have a lot of pots and containers on our patio and several hanging baskets at the front and back of the house and always take advantage of the 4 bags for 3 or 3 for £10.00 offers they are usually running.
The bags individually cost £4.99 for 60litrs, the bag is the usual plastic sack that these type of products come in. It has a large yellow flower on the front and the Homebase logo, the front of the bag tells the customer that this is multi purpose compost and is suitable for most plants. It cant be used for anything that need ericaceous compost and small seeds although I have grown many seeds in this and have had no problems. The bag is covered with tiny pin prick holes to keep the air flowing through it.
The back of the bag gives some information about the product and some more general gardening tips about watering and planting. The compost contains a peat replacement wood fibre produced from sustainable forestry sources certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council. The wood fibre will help the compost retain moisture and nutrients.
I have been really pleased with Homebsae multi purpose compost, last year the flowers in my pots and baskets did very well, of course some of this has to be the quality of the plant and the care we gave them but in my opinion the compost played a big part. The consistency of the compost is always good I have never had a bag that was any different. The compost is a nice dark brown/black colour and feels soft and crumbly, I have never had solid clumps in the bag like I know you do get with some composts
The multi purpose compost is suitable for most outdoor plants and house plants too, unless you are growing something that needs a special compost I would certainly recommend Homebase Multi Purpose. We have used it for both indoor and outdoor plants and vegetables and have always had excellent results. In my opinion its alright for seeds and planting on despite the bag advising not to. The compost will feed your plants for approximately 4 weeks and after that it is best to use a plant food of some sort.
Of course if you are a really serious gardener who goes by the book then this may not be for you but if like us you like to grow some vegetables and have lots of pots and baskets then this is ideal. Its excellent value for the money and nearly always on offer.