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Post by Chilli-head on 13th June 2019, 11:26 am

So, what has happened to New Horizons compost. In 2016, the brand went to Westland from J Arthur Bowers, I understand. At that point composted green waste was removed from the mix due to inconsistency. But what has happened now ? New bag, new mix, still peat free but no longer organic.

It certainly is a changed material, and to my eye much for the better. Much more peat-like and less forestry waste, no signs of shredded kitchen cabinets, bits of plastic or whatever. And, so far, my plants are seeming to like it rather more than the old mix. Price at my local nursery is £5.99 for 60 litres, which is as good if not better than the old mix.

So, the verdict is still out until the season is through, but it seems much improved - at the price of not being organic. Does it matter ? I think the added fertilisers are the culprit for this. I'm thinking if it is just a matter of some added chemical NPK, I think I'll not worry too much. (I still use homemade stuff for most of the edible crops anyway).

Anyone else tried it ? Or have any preferred alternative brands ? Are there any nominally organic mixes left ?
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Post by Ploshkin on 18th June 2019, 9:39 pm

The only compost I can get locally is Bord na Mona. I have found it perfectly good for the last 3 years but most of my plants this year seem to have suffered magnesium deficiency, some of the tomatoes quite badly, just as I have planted them out in the polytunnel. I use bottomless pots or grow pots on the beds and the same compost for growing the seedlings on in pots and to plant out in the tunnel.
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Post by Dandelion on 21st June 2019, 4:01 pm

I bought a couple of bags of New Horizons in the late winter, and I would agree that it's finer and a bit more friable than the old recipe. I haven't grown much from seed this year, but I did have 100% germination from the peas I sowed (seed saved from last year) which I thought was pretty good.

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