I feel a strong and passionate desire to protect our planet’s peat bogs. This is an urgent matter, it’s not something we can keep putting off to consider again in the future, at a more convenient time – for the peat that is being extracted now can’t be saved and so if we continue as we have done in the past, the opportunities we have in our hands, right in front of us now, will be lost forever.
We don’t have much time remaining. Peat bogs and peatlands are precious environments that are estimated to cover just 2-3% of our planet’s surface. Our peat bogs have been butchered and plundered. Consequently, we only have the fragments of the peatlands that remain – many of which are fractured and in extremely poor condition. We need to act now, if we’re to ensure that our remaining peat bogs and peatlands will survive.
It breaks my heart that no one has stepped forward to stop this tragedy, but the fact is that together we can stop this. We must use our power for good to prevent the remaining peatlands and peat bogs being destroyed. If none of us order or purchase peat based composts, companies will recognise this and they’ll stop stocking and selling these composts. We should protect the peatlands that remain and conserve and treasure these environments.
It’s utterly mad that peat based composts are still being produced and are widely purchased by gardeners. A peat based compost is not necessarily a better compost than a peat-free compost. In fact, depending on the plants that you’re growing, a peat based compost might actually be a worse choice of growing media for your plants.
I’m keen to raise awareness about the best quality peat-free composts. I want to help you grow fabulous plants in your gardens and allotments. Every year, I run Compost Trials to discover the finest peat-free composts on the market. I love finding top performing composts to recommend to you, to help you improve your harvests.
Last year, I trialled Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Tomatoes for the first time. This compost is a complete all-in-one organic, peat free compost and fertiliser. I didn’t use any type of fertiliser during this Compost Trial, as Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Tomatoes contains all the nutrients your tomato plants need. During this Compost Trial, I grew my tomato plants from seeds; these plants received all of their nutrients from the composts in which the plants were grown.
In 2018, I grew my ‘Honeycomb’ tomato plants in containers of Dalefoot Composts Double Strength Wool Compost (these seeds were sown in containers of Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Seeds; then the seedlings were potted on into containers of Dalefoot Composts Wool Potting Compost. Finally, these tomato plants were potted into containers of Dalefoot Composts Double Strength Wool Compost. No fertiliser was used.)
In 2019, I trialled growing my ‘Honeycomb’ tomato plants in containers of Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Tomatoes (these seeds were sown in containers of Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Seeds; then the seedlings were potted on into containers of Dalefoot Composts Wool Potting Compost. Finally, these tomato plants were potted into containers of Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Tomatoes. No fertiliser was used.)
I was delighted to discover that the harvest of my container grown ‘Honeycomb’ tomato plants improved by 256% in 2019, when I used Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Tomatoes! Naturally other factors, for example the weather and temperatures the tomato plants experienced each year were different.
While I found the harvest from the ‘Honeycomb’ tomato plants that were grown in the ground and mulched with Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Tomatoes had their harvest improved by 54% in 2019 (Compared to the harvest achieved by my ‘Honeycomb’ tomato plants in 2018 – when the plants were mulched with Dalefoot Composts Double Strength Wool Compost).
Last year, I sowed my tomato seeds in Dalefoot’s Wool Compost for seeds. It’s still too early to sow tomato seeds outside, but you can sow tomato seeds on a bright and sunny window sill or inside your glasshouse or polytunnel, now. As usual, I sowed my tomato seeds and started my tomato plants off inside my Access Garden Products Exbury Classic Growhouse.
When my tomato plants developed their true leaves, I potted my plants up into containers filled with Dalefoot Composts’ Wool Potting Compost. The tomato plants grew in these pots for a little while; before being planted into containers filled with Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Tomatoes.
There are so many advantages of using Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Tomatoes; you don’t need to worry about using any fertiliser or plant food – Dalefoot Compost Wool Compost for Tomatoes has been designed to give your tomato plants all the nutrients they need. Like Dalefoot’s other composts, this is a water retentive compost, that won’t need as much watering as standard peat-free compost.
If you’re growing tomatoes, I’d recommend Dalefoot Composts Wool Compost for Tomatoes.
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