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  1. ARMANDII

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    We're still using our stash of 2017 Wickes compost. It did OK last year :blue thumb:
     
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      I used to buy my MPC near to my office in Warrington , it was Clover lovely stuff. Now retired I am using Wickes compost - seems fine :blue thumb:
       
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        I used Wickes compost in containers for growing potatoes last year and it dried out very quickly, plants in 35 litre pots were collapsing despite soaking with water every day, and I had the bottoms of the pots buried in the ground.

        Will be trying something else this year.
         
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          We use the compost for potting up, potting on but not for large pots with greedy plants. We do use it for small planters for succulents and herbs (for sale) but add vermiculite as we find it needs better drainage. :noidea:
           
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            The Lidl compost was rather impressive this year, must stock up next time round as it sells out very quickly
             
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              I missed all the end of season reduced mpc at Wilkos last year, and have 20 x 35 litre pots to fill, plus I'm getting another 10 x 70 litre pots, so need 1,400 litres of compost just for those alone, and want a good deal on some decent stuff (that isn't going to dry out every day).

              Might have to start collecting molehills.
               
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                We got a load of Levingtons from the gardening club in Enfield, cheap (with 25% extra free or so) and very good quality. We're hoping they do the same deal this year.
                 
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                  I use Violet Farm multi compost in 60L economy bags and a bag or two of B&Q 120L multi for large tom pots.
                   
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                    As the Wickes MPC seems to have watering problems . The other main supplier is B and Q who sell MPC under the Verve brand name . Has anyone any experiences with this.:scratch:
                    Problem is , at Wickes I can drive up and load up the compost directly into the car , then pay for it. At B and Q it means parking up walking half a mile through the store loading the heavy MPC up and take it back to the car.
                     
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                      @HarryS We didn't find much problem at all with the Wickes compost. :noidea:

                      I also agree that it's easy at Wickes. I get it even easier than you. I park by the outside stack of composts bags, walk inside, tell them that I want the compost and then get them to load it into the car for me. There's never any question about it and they're very good. I suppose being :old: helps. :snorky:
                       
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                        I add water retaining crystals to the Wickes MPC which helps. I use my cement mixer to make sure it's thoroughly mixed in.
                         
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                          Yep, Harry, I've used it for years, under the old and new name, and usually buy around 1500 litres each year for my Green House Toms, seedlings and general potting up. It's been of good quality, has given good results consistently, for me, and I like it. Having said that, you can't please everyone so some one out there will disagree!!:dunno::heehee:
                           
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                            I gave up using Verve MPC for 2 reasons:

                            1) When using it for potting up, plants were reluctant to extend their roots into it.

                            2) If inadvertantly allowed to dry out, it would then virtually refuse to hold any moisture no matter how frequently you'd water.
                             
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                              :heehee::loll::lunapic 130165696578242 5::snorky:
                               
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