Grow Your Own Magazine

View our latest subscriptions offers here!


+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 15
  1. #1
    veg4681's Avatar
    veg4681 is offline Cropper
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    S.W. Birmingham, Worcestershire
    Posts
    1,476

    Default Sowing: Seed Compost Vs Multi-Purpose Compost

    Just an idle chat thread . I bought 2 big bags of seed compost because it was cheaper that way and now I'm kind of regretting it as I can't see myself using them all up this year. Presumably they don't keep well either.

    I know some of you use multi-purpose compost for seed sowing and I myself couldn't see much difference between the two except that the seed compost had bits of sand thrown in (I mean how difficult is that!). I think in future, I could save myself the bother of buying/storing/using 2 types of compost when one (that's multi-purpose compost) can cover all my compost needs. Am I missing something here? Besides seed compost cost more.
    Last edited by veg4681; 19-02-2008 at 11:38 AM.
    Food for Free

  2. #2
    momol's Avatar
    momol is offline Cropper
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1,190

    Default

    I always use multy purpose compost for sowing. They sometimes has big lumps which you have to break it up but anything than that is ok. I also mix it with a bit of sand to help the drainage. The compost will keep well for next year Veg.
    Last edited by momol; 19-02-2008 at 12:08 PM.
    I grow, I pick, I eat ...

  3. #3
    crichmond's Avatar
    crichmond is offline Tuber
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Morecambe, Lancashire
    Posts
    945

    Default

    I always use multi purpose as well but I dont even bother adding sand.

  4. #4
    SarzWix is offline Gardening Gnomette
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Near Skipton
    Posts
    11,845
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    I usually use seed compost for early sowings & expensive or tiny seeds; I find multi-purpose wastes too much when sieving out the lumps, and then faffing around mixing sand into it... If you don't put sand in, the seed casings are more likely to stick on!
    Ami, if you have seed compost leftover, it could be good for growing herbs or something that likes well drained soil?
    Last edited by SarzWix; 19-02-2008 at 02:17 PM.

  5. #5
    crichmond's Avatar
    crichmond is offline Tuber
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Morecambe, Lancashire
    Posts
    945

    Default

    I am experimenting with a mix of potting compost and coco coir, 60% compost and 40% coco coir, in my latest seed sowings, so far they appear to be growing very well.

  6. #6
    gojiberry is offline Early Fruiter
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    South Wales
    Posts
    2,240

    Default

    I always use multi-purpose for my seed sowing, I always sieve it to get all the large bits out and put some air into the mix. I find that not all mp composts are the same and some are not particularly good for sieving as SarzWix said you can loose a lot with some makes. Dont know how the moderators feel about mentioning a particular brand but he one I use would be a collection of diamonds, rubies ans emeralds.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Near Derby
    Posts
    558

    Default my mix

    i use multi purpose as the base
    each batch
    1 scoop perlite
    1 scoop sharp sand
    1 scoop horticultural grit
    9 scoops multi-purpose compost

    this never lets me down and i feel it allows seeds a more favourable growing medium less dense and better moisture control
    this will be a battle from the heart
    cymru am byth

  8. #8
    kentvegplot is offline Tuber
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Chainhurst, Kent
    Posts
    741

    Default

    I think a lot depends on the brand of MP. Some of them are very coarse (particularly, unfortunately, some of those peat-free options) and even small seeds get swamped. I did a lot of sieving last year!

    This year, as an experiment, I am using seed compost for seeds, and MP as they grow larger. We'll see it that works better.....

Similar Threads

  1. Multi-Purpose Compost
    By Lizzy in forum General chitchat
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 18-03-2010, 07:18 PM
  2. Multi purpose compost
    By DIGDEEP in forum Top Tips
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 28-07-2009, 06:26 AM
  3. bought multi-purpose compost
    By Tigerella in forum Digging Around
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 04-05-2009, 02:51 PM
  4. Multi Purpose Compost
    By bluemidget in forum New Shoots
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 12-12-2008, 10:27 PM
  5. re-using multi purpose compost
    By blue411 in forum Vegging Out
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 13-09-2008, 08:19 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Organic catalogue