Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I work as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun. To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Peat Free compost now available from Aldi


You all should know how I feel about growing media containing Peat - it is not needed, it destroys priceless habitat during extraction  and I do not use it in my garden. I use Fertile Fibre for seed sowing, with the occasional bag of New Horizon purchased, but I mostly make my own growing medium from home made compost.

I also try to persuade other gardeners to give up using Peat based products, but I accept sometimes it can be hard to find an alternative to use so I am always on the look out for more shops offering peat free growing media. So I was very pleased when I was recently contacted by Aldi ( the Supermarket) who told me that they are now offering Peat Free compost in their stores, along side the Multi Purpose version ( which I assume is not Peat free).
 
I  get offered all sorts of things to review or try out at Compost Mansion - usually the offer comes from a PR department, and I am happy to accept items to review, as long as they follow my personal ethical considerations (see above).  So I decided I would be happy to accept the kind offer of a voucher for a bag of Aldi's new Peat Free compost. 

I got my bag when we went into Hereford a  week or so ago and I have just opened it up to use some. It is pretty good stuff, tbh - it comes in a 25 l bag for £1.99  so is a manageble size to put in a car boot . I found it to be of a good quality, with no huge lumps of bark, twigs or stones ( something I have found with other brands of peat free compost - one brand was full of shredded plastic!)and it felt pleasant to handle and smelled nice.

I don't know how well it will perform - it seems to hold water well, without drying out with a hard crust (something which I have had happen with other peat free brands).  I used some to re pot a few house plants into larger pots and also sowed some lettuce seed into a tray full. I will let you know how the seeds get on, in a few weeks.


The compost has been available for a number of weeks in store, but this week Aldi also apparently have Spring Flowering bulbs, priced at only £1.39 or a four pack of cyclamen (these are available from the 13th September 2012 – until stocks last).

So, if you use Aldi for your shopping, and need some growing medium, why not try their Peat Free version?


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