Now that Malvern and Chelsea are done and dusted my attention has turned to planting up my summer pots. However, the demise of the DIY chain Focus means I haven't been able to stock up on my usual brand of compost (aka growing medium if you hail from across the pond) beforehand, so I've been out seeking a good source from elsewhere.
There's been quite a bit of debate about peat in the press and in the blogosphere lately: I'm not going to add to it here, except to say I've yet to see the pro and anti peat lobbies set out their evidence side by side so that ordinary people like me can make an informed choice. And talking of informed choices, I was very pleased to see the above notice at my local garden centre last week (click to enlarge image if needed).
They've started a labelling system showing the peat content of the products they sell. Thus customers can clearly see exactly what they're buying: a tick in the green box means that the product is peat-free and one in the red means it has over 90%. The system will also serve to highlight a couple of common misconceptions:
- John Innes compost isn't peat-free (it contains around 30% peat)
- The term 'organic' when applied to commercially available compost doesn't necessarily mean it's peat-free either
I hope that this clear system, or something very similar will be adopted ASAP across the whole industry.
What informative labelling has your local garden centre adopted (not necessarily compost) which you like? What other information would you like to see to help you make informed choices about what you buy?