Soil and Compost Compost Explained
The term compost can be confusing because there are many different types. However, compost can be divided into two sorts:
• Potting and Planting Compost that you buy in bags from garden centres
• Home Compost
Potting and Planting composts are totally different to the home compost that you make in a compost bin and the two should not be interchanged.
Knowing when to use home compost and when to choose a potting or planting compost, is just one of the secrets to a successful, healthy garden.
Potting and Planting Compost
Potting and Planting Compost is the specially formulated, growing media that you buy in bags from the garden centre, for example, West+ Multi-Purpose Compost & 4 Month Feed. There is a wide range of potting and planting compost available to provide gardeners with a choice of specially tailored compost for growing and nurturing specific types of different plants.
Each pack of potting and planting compost in the Westland range is a finely tuned mixture that has been prepared to enable gardeners to provide the very best growing conditions for their garden plants. It introduces exactly the right environment to the immediate area around the plant roots to ensure that they have everything they need for successful growth. It is also free from weeds and pathogens to ensure healthy plant growth.
Home compost is the result of home composting. It is an important ingredient of healthy garden soil. Making your own home compost is a great way to reduce landfill and help meet local recycling targets. In ideal conditions it can take as little as eight weeks to create fully composted home compost that is ready to use in your garden. For more information see our section on making your own compost.