“ Brand: J.A. Bowers / Type: Compost / Soil „
Here we are heading into the Winter months yet it only seems a short time ago that I was putting my garden to bed in readiness for the cold weather. I like compost and in particular I enjoy to use the right compost for the right job. Our local garden centre stocks numerous types of compost but I always seem to come home with a bag of Bower's.
I suppose it is a case of better the devil that you know than the one that you don't, I have always used Bower's compost and feel confident that it is capable of doing the task in hand.
I suppose I could go over to Lidl's and buy a much larger bag of compost for a lot less but I don't know exactly what is in that compost. If I could get into gear I could be creating far more compost from my own household waste but I only ever seem to gather a few handfuls.
In one corner of the garden I had a young Azalea growing and to be honest it was failing, the leaves were looking sad and the whole plant was looking decidedly off colour. I decided that it was planted in the wrong spot, by the side of it stands a large rhododendron that was guzzling all of the goodness out of the earth, hence the Azalea was literally being starved of nutrients and moisture.
Plants are very like humans, feed them well and they will flourish.
So, in order to give the young Azalea a kick start I decided to put it back into a large terracotta pot so that it could convalesce. I needed compost for the job and I needed a lime free compost that had a reduced peat formula.
J.A.Bower's produce Ericaceous compost that was perfect for the task.
I was lucky, it was end of season and the garden centre had 60 ltr bags of ericaceous compost on offer for just under £6.
Rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas especially love an acid based soil or compost and will thrive in ericaceous compost.
I always use gloves for gardening, mainly due to the fact that there can be so many bacteria waiting in the wings ready to strike. My pot needed to be large and it has to have good drainage.
When you first open the bag of Bower's ericaceous compost is looks tightly packed but once you start to touch it it separates quite easily. It has a light and airy feel to it and it is easy to handle.
The compost feels soft and it is easy to transfer into the pot. Don't forget that you can use Bower's ericaceous compost in both pots and beds, any acid loving plants will give you a big thank you for giving them a good feed.
The young Azalea has now been in it's new pot for a few weeks now and it is starting to look slightly healthier than it did before but it will take time to see any dramatic difference.
The Bower's ericaceous compost will be feeding it well and I know that I have done my best to help it along.
If you think about it we often go out and spend a considerable amount of money on plants so it surely pays to give them the best food that you can.
I have bought many of the Bower's products, every year I buy the bulb fibre to put into the tubs ready for the Spring bulbs and Bower's tub and basket compost is one of the best I know for feeding those precious bedding plants.
Bower's composts and bulb fibres are available at most good garden centres and they are worth their weight in gold, after all when we have been through the Winter months it is so lovely to see our gardens looking fresh and healthy ready to meet the spring.