What has happened to multi-purpose compost?

Multi-purpose compost seems to be getting worse and worse. A few years back you could reasonably expect high-quality, fertile compost for a decent price. These days, it seems far too common that compost is full of plastic, glass and large chunks of wood. All you have to do is search for reviews of any of these low-cost composts on the internet and you can see the extent of the problem.

We’ve got so used to paying next to nothing for a bag of compost that it would seem alien to buy premium quality stuff now. This is part of the problem; suppliers are pressured into making it as cheap as possible which means the quality is bound to suffer. The unwanted materials (glass, plastic etc) can often be blamed on the way the organic material is shredded. The finer the shredder the more chance of it getting stuck which of course means more time and cost.

While this can be pretty aggravating, the real problem is what the compost is made up of. While me and you might be careful what we put in the recycling bin, you can bet there are some that aren’t.  It could even be carrying plant diseases.

The poor quality can also be blamed on the fact that DIY stores and garden centres insist on storing compost bags outside to increase sales. When left out, heavy rain will saturate the already compressed compost. You’ll also notice that most bags will say ‘protect from frost’ (or something to that effect) and yet shops leave them out all year. As you can see, compost is becoming an afterthought.

What can be done about it?

Low-cost multi-purpose composts have a place as, let’s be honest, most of us use them; but how can we ensure that our plants actually benefit? We simply need to populate the compost with beneficial bacteria. Envii Foundation, our very own probiotic soil improver, will make a massive difference to the fertility of any compost. It really helps to get plants out of the ground and also creates a force field around the plant’s roots which protect it from plant diseases. Basically by spending around £2 extra per bag you could turn low-quality compost into something that will really give your plants a kick-start.

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