February 2010
Peat free compost is best for containers

The March edition of Which? Gardening reports on 26 composts that were tested for growing in containers. Multipurpose, John Innes, and specific container composts were used to see which were best for growing impatiens and potatoes in pots. 
For the first time all three composts awarded the “Best Buy” rosette contained no peat. All of these three peat-free products produced a healthy crop of good-sized potatoes and produced high quality impatiens that flowered consistently and looked good right up to the end of the trial in October. 
This is the first time that peat free compost has outperformed the more traditional peat based composts. The timing appears fortunate as the government is expected to announce shortly a campaign to reduce the use of peat. 

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