Peat-free growing media

Peat-free composts are widely available and many give excellent results. This makes them a natural choice, particularly as peat-based products come with a high cost to the environment. Here we explain how to choose and use peat-free composts, and the benefits of making your own compost.

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Using peat-free compost for potting. Credit:RHS/Advisory.

Quick facts

  • Peat-free compost can perform very well
  • Buy the right compost for the job by reading the label
  • Homemade mixes are best for potting on plants
  • 'Environmentally friendly', 'compost' and 'organic' composts aren't always peat-free

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