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    Default How do you make ericaceous compost?

    Answer.... Buy a bag of Peat.
    I was at the garden centre and turned a bag of ericaceous compost over to read the instructions and there in small print it said, "This product contains 100% peat"
    There was me thinking I was being so good not buying peat due to environmental concerns and buying ericaceous compost instead only to find out I was still buying 100% peat.
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    There are now bracken based ericaceous composts coming slowly onto the market, see:
    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magaz...581065,00.html
    http://www.samshrub.co.uk/compost.htm
    Normally ericaceous is:
    three parts (by volume) moss peat, one part sharp lime-free sand or perlite and chempak. However you could substitute the peat for bark, add sand or perlite, skip the chempak and leave it to compost in a seperate bin.
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    Not all Peat products are bad Jax,
    Moorland Gold (Organic catalogue) uses peat thats been "extracted" from the water that goes in to treatment plants - save blocking their filter beds I guess, so if you shop around you can still sleepe relativley easy.

    I think you can get an ericaceous that made from composted pine needles as well - not sure
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    Jax
    Was in Starbucks in Inverness today and they have a basket by the door where you can pick up foil sealed packs of their used coffee grounds for free - they promote them as good for your garden - spread round your acid loving plants - or just add to your compost - that's what the label says.
    Was quite heartened to see a multi national franchise company putting a bit of effort into this idea.
    Might be worth adding to your normal compost mix to assist withthe ericaceous element.
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    Worms love coffee grounds as well so I have to look into going Starbucks and having a look at what they are doing here in Cardiff. Thanks for the tip.
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    Being synical I suppose it saves them money by not having to pay to get rid of their waste but hey at least they are trying. It's a shame some other companies don't follow suite
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    The same thought crossed my mind but then they are sealing them in foil type bags and have had special sticky labels made up for them so they are still incurring some costs.
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    It's either that or tons of the stuff goes into landfill.
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