It’s the microorganisms in compost that give it its magic. Millions of microbes go to work in the soil, cycling nutrients and making them available to be taken up by the plant. When married with the soil, compost essentially becomes natural fertiliser.
Use New Leaf Peat Free Organic Multi-Purpose Compost For -
Beautiful, easy-to-maintain gardens require good soil, which is rich and moisture-retentive while still allowing for free draining. Compost improves the structure and texture of almost any soil, enabling it to better retain nutrients, moisture and air, to encourage growth and allow plants to flourish. Spread a 5-10cm (2-4 inches) layer over soil and lightly work in to the top 15cm (6 inches). Nature will help to mix the organic compost into the soil, further improving its structure and vitality. Traditionally, this is done in the Autumn/Winter but it is also ideal preparation for Spring/Summer planting (e.g. bedding plants). This fine grade compost can also be used as a soil conditioner.
Pots, containers & hanging baskets:
Select a container with adequate drainage to allow for potting, always water plants well and allow roots to drain prior to potting, place a layer of grit along the bottom and fill with compost. For hanging baskets, line the basket with moss or a liner and fill with compost. Plant trailing plants to the outside and upright plants in the centre, always allow enough space to accommodate roots. Water well after planting.
Planting trees and shrubs:
Dig out a planting hole twice as wide as the tree/shrub to accommodate roots/ Line the bottom of the whole with 5-8cm (2-3 inches) of New Leaf Multi-Purpose Compost. Position the tree/shrub in the hole so its neck is level with the edge of the hole. Backfill with a 50:50 blend of compost/soil and compact firmly (any spare mix should be spread evenly) Water well after planting. - Not recommended for Rhododendron and other lime-hating plants, except with acid soils.
Compost can be spread manually with shovels by using a throwing action to try to achieve a layer about 1/4 inch thick. It can be smoothed out with a rack to blend it in a little better and within number of days it will not be noticeable on the surface of the lawn. Applying the compost immediately after seeding and aerating is an excellent way to incorporate the compost directly into the soil.
Fruit & vegetables:
To grow vegetables or fruit for the first time, grow in a pot, container or planter. Most fruit and vegetables can be grown in a container, including carrots, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes. peppers. chillies and herbs. For pots and containers, fill with plenty of New Leaf Multi-Purpose compost to ensure maximum nutrient levels.