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Choosing the right mix - A guide to buying compost, potting mix and mulches


Bored of being bewildered by the staggering array of potting mixes, composts and soils available. Here are our top tips to making the choice easy.

 

Growing in Pots and Containers

Why choose a potting mix?

A potting mix has been designed to make the process of growing plants in pots easier. Straight compost is too rich for most plants. And whether used by itself or when added to topsoil, it will dry out, becoming hard, compact and very difficult to water.

All our potting mixes are weed free.

 

 

Choosing a potting mix

Kings Potting Mix – Good value, high quality potting mix. Contains a 6-month slow release fertiliser. Perfect for most houseplants, it is also a low-cost alternative to specialised mixes when growing cacti, succulents or bulbs.

Great for growing veggies, herbs, flowers and shrubs, however these plants will need more watering when planted in this mix than if they are planted in Kings Container Mix.

Kings Container Mix – Very similar mix to the Kings Potting Mix but with an 8-month slow release fertiliser and water storage crystals. Great for growing dwarf citrus and dwarf fruit trees in larger pots, or for growing veggies, flowers, shrubs and trees in containers. It is also a cheaper alternative to Pot Power for Hanging Baskets.

Pot Power - High quality premium potting mix that contains a controlled release fertiliser to feed your plants for up to six months, water storing granules for improved water holding capacity, added Acadian seaweed to help protect plants from common soil-borne diseases, saturAid wetting agent to spreads water evenly to the root zone and encourage rapid root development while preventing soil from becoming waterlogged.

Suitable for pots, containers and hanging baskets.

Living Earth Organic Potting Mix – High quality organic potting mix, made of a mix of good compost, pumice, fine bark and some organic fertiliser. Great for growing organic veggies, fruit and a wide mix of other plants.

Other options:

We also stock a range of other specialist mixes (some of these mixes are only available on a seasonal basis) that are specially formulated for specific types of plants, such as Tomato Mix, Strawberry MixBulb Mix and Orchid Mix.

 

Creating a Raised Garden Bed

 

For an effective low cost way of making a raised garden bed, aerate the soil with a fork and then mix in Kings Compost and sheep pellets. If you can’t get enough height this way, or if you want a less labour intensive way of creating a raised garden bed, use either Living Earth Organic Veggie Mix or Living Earth Garden Mix.

Where possible avoid bringing in top soil from elsewhere as this won’t be weed free (and there is a chance that some frustrating weeds may pop up).

 

Which Mulch to Mulch with!

 

Mulching helps to suppress weeds, reduce watering needs and can help improve soil structure by adding organic matter to it.

Use a wood based mulch around trees, shrubs, roses and other woodier plants such as our bark range or More than Mulch.

Around veggies and strawberries, a finer, lighter mulch tends to work better such as Peastraw and Lucerne.

 

For advice on planting a new lawn click here

For more advice on improving your soil click here