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A vegetable garden can be the perfect addition to your landscape. Growing your own vegetables organically ensures healthful produce and saves you the high prices of organically grown produce at the grocery store. 

What is John Innes Compost?

John Innes Compost’s contain a mixture of loam, sand, grit and fertiliser. Each of the John Innes Compost’s are produced, in various ratios, to produce a more specific compost. All of the John Innes Compost’s are soil based. 

What do we use it for?

The main purposes for John Innes are; sowing of seeds and rooting cuttings, large seed sowing, pricking out, potting up, final potting and mature plants. All of the John Innes products, simply offer a different level of nutrients to boost initial growth all the way until the final result. Our most popular compost, John Innes no3 compost is a rich mixture that is intended for final potting or for the re-potting of mature plants. If you want a general potting compost for everyday use, then John Innes no2 compost is perfect. John Innes no2 has excellent soil structure, and includes sand which promotes drainage and provides stability for larger plants. A perfect everyday compost.

growing vegetables

If you’ve only got a balcony or paved garden, you may be thinking that you can’t possibly grow most vegetables. But with a bit of effort, you can find plenty of suitable varieties that will grow happily in pots, and many of which will even grow upwards, saving you still more space. We take a look at some of the options, and also provide some tips for growing your own in containers.

Many people are very comfortable planting up containers with annual planting, such as summer bedding, but how about planting up a container with perennials? The considerations for what to put in are rather different, because your plants may well grow more slowly, but eventually reach much larger sizes. But the rewards are a display that grows and changes year by year, and much more variety of planting than is possible with an annual display. Here are our top tips for choosing plants for a perennial container display. Don't forget you can visit our Grow Your Own section for all the tools and equipment you need to get started. 

Organic compost is the number one ingredient to add to your garden to give it the nutrients it needs to successfully grow plants, vegetables and fruit. Not only does organic compost do wonders for your soil, it is also incredibly environmentally friendly.

Benefits of Organic Compost.

• Free and easy to make at home! If you have the time to make your own compost, it will cost you nothing. However, if you want to buy compost ready to use we can arrange swift compost delivery.

• Recycle your kitchen and garden waste. About a third of what you throw away can be used to make organic compost; table scraps, fruit and vegetable left overs, egg shells, tea leaves, newspapers, grass clippings, flowers and other plant cuttings. By reusing your waste you are reducing the amount of rubbish pointlessly filling up our landfills and also providing yourself with a great multi-purpose compost.

• Good for your garden; great for the environment. Organic compost contains highly beneficial microscopic organisms that allow soil to breathe and prevent deadly diseases without having to use chemical fertilisers which can be toxic to our atmosphere.

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