This is the Eden Project’s Compost Heap
Natural organic compost is ‘ Nature's Natural Cycle' - no waste, no fancy stuff, just putting something back !
But how about if we could choose what exactly we put back ?
Absolutely nothing wrong with the hard turned ( where do all those potatoes come from ?) compost in your heap – and I’m pretty proud of mine – but how about some compost with more selected Oomph.
More specifically, selected organic stuff growing your plants and veggies just a little bit more quickly, just a little bit more healthily and being just a little bit more protected.
This is my ‘Brassica’ Bed
Well I reckon I’ve developed just the thing – no waste, totally organic, no artificial chemicals and, most definitely, no peat ! I have called it, quite modestly, the
OK, OK I can already hear the suspicious comments of you wizened old gardeners, “So what‘s new ?”
Well, absolutely nothing !
All my ingredients have been used, knowingly or unknowingly, for thousands of years and all are completely organic and natural.
Coir is the base, it’s the ‘powder’ between the tufts of the outer husk of the coconut.
Not much it in itself, great humus and really water retentive, but also an ideal ‘ binder:’ for the more active ingredients.
This husk of a coconut is ‘waste’, just like orange peel for example But Nature hates waste, so do we !
There is a bit more information on Coir Compost on the page https://thenaturalgardener.co.uk/coir_compost_discs.php
Coir pots are great way to capture carbon
It’s calculated that the 1 litre size coir pot captures over .18 kilograms of carbon !
Biohumus, known to the more technically minded as ‘Worm Poo' is a much more active constituent.
These are some Red Worms (Eisenia fetida) getting on with the job.
Our worms take all that certified organic compost and, errr, concentrate it.
Without worms, and without all those bees and other pollinators, our world would, quite simply, be near barren.
Reduced to the barest, most primitive, of plant life.
(Your healthy plants will really assist in the carbon capture the World so desperately needs – gardeners are the unsung heroes in the global battle !)
So rich in NPK, micro nutrients and growth elements Biohumus is an essential natural tool for you gardeners.
If you would like to know a little bit more about what the worms give us take a look at
Seaweed from the cold, fresh Atlantic is another key ingredient towards the ‘Plus’ part of our compost.
Ascophyllum nodosum seaweed, nothing added, we just grind it up
This totally pure seaweed, nothing added, is choc full of too many micro nutrients to list here.
Take a look at
to get a load more detail.
Although the seaweed in our compost is from Irish shores, all the harvesting methods and benefits are similar.
Neem, a name redolent of the East, and it even smells like curry !
Neem tree (Azadirachta Indica) nuts.
We take the shells and pound them down.
Used in India for millennia for so many uses again it is difficult to name them all (including cosmetics to spermicide – now why did that combo come to mind ?)
For some more info take a look at
(In fact they hold a conference regularly to compare new discoveries and uses for all parts of the Neem tree.)
We’re particular interested not only in all its hundreds of nutrients but also in the bio active ingredients of Azadirachtin, Nimbin and Salinin.
These are really helpful pest repellents, keeping so many soil born nuisances away.
A fertilizer which keeps the pests away could you ask for more ?
Mycorrhiza, Nature’s secretive wonderdrug, you need a microscope to see them !
So I won’t show any.
Simply, it is a wholly beneficial fungus that not only supplies your plants, shrubs and trees with nutrients from the soil but also efficiently transfers water.
Mycorrhiza blends with roots.
Hugely increasing their efficiency.
It really is a fascinating organism really recommend you take a further look
These are all the ingredients to our
Hope you can now see just how much plus it is !
Your seedlings and bulbs do not really need it, but when you are planting out it will make a tremendous difference to the health and growth of your plants.
Hate to tell you recommended ratios (I find most gardener’s like to find their own for all the various plants, trees and shrubs) but as a general rule I use about 15% within the planting media.
Not the cheapest compost on the market by far, but it is so much, much more than your simple ‘Peat Free’
And remember, it’s a gift that keeps on giving !
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