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Get your plants some of this - they'll love it!
Homebase Multi-Purpose Compost
Member Name: SusanLesley
Homebase Multi-Purpose Compost
Advantages: Works well, easy to use, good price
Disadvantages: Heavy to move
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!
Summary: Great compost