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Two more Best Buys for SylvaGrow!

2024-03-27
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Earlier this year we were delighted to learn that SylvaGrow® With Added John Innes had been awarded a Consumers’ Association Best Buy for raising young plants. So we were doubly delighted to hear that it had done it again with another Best Buy award for plants in containers. And not only that, SylvaGrow® Tub &…

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Melcourt composts help Garden Organic grow

2024-03-22
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Emma O’Neill, head gardener at sustainable gardening charity Garden Organic, shares her experience of using Melcourt composts in the organic demonstration garden at Ryton Working at Garden Organic for more than seven years, I’ve used lot of compost products – all of which must be peat free and organic. Over the course of the season,…

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Melcourt hosts Horticultural Trades Association peat-free meeting

2024-02-27
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‘Building momentum towards peat-free production’ was the theme of a Horticultural Trades Association meeting hosted by Melcourt at their Tetbury headquarters last week. Around 30 growers attended the event to hear an update on the government’s position and addressing the needs of the industry from Wayne Brough and David Lydiat of the HTA, a grower’s experience…

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Melcourt awarded Which? Best Buy for SylvaGrow®

2024-01-31
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Melcourt are delighted to have been awarded yet another a Best Buy from consumer champion Which? SylvaGrow® with added John Innes was first launched in 2016 and has since earned an enviable reputation as the peat-free product of choice for thousands of gardeners across the UK. All products in the SylvaGrow range are carefully formulated,…

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Using up old compost

2024-01-16
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End of season leftover bags At the end of the season we all end up with part-used bags of compost somewhere in the garden shed. It’s tempting to carry them over into the spring and for some applications this is perfectly sensible. Potting up bulbs – and there is still time even in January if…

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The Melcourt supply chain – is it ethical and sustainable?

2023-12-12
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Responsible companies are rightly ever more concerned with the impacts of their activities on the environment and the social conditions of their employees and those down the supply chain.     At Melcourt, knowing where our raw materials come from is a really important factor for many reasons – we of course need to know…

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Winter care in containers

2023-12-05
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Plant pot care in winter is important to ensure that your plants survive the cold weather. Here are some tips.     Protect your plants from frost – This can be done by moving them to a sheltered spot, such as under a porch or south facing wall. You can also cover them with horticultural…

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‘Make it Flourish’ – Sharing the joy of growing flowers

2023-10-23
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This month we are publishing the amazing story of Cara Thompson who went from never having grown a single plant in her life to winning a gold medal and the People’s Choice Award at the Gardeners’ World Autumn Fair in the space of just three years! We were very happy to have been part of…

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What should I do with all this plastic?

2023-09-13
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Compost is typically heavy, damp and usually stored outside at garden centres. So the packaging needs to be strong and resilient. At Melcourt we have been searching for alternatives to plastic but we and other manufacturers are yet to find anything that matches the efficiency of plastic.     We currently incorporate 30% of recycled…

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Are these slug eggs in my compost?

2023-03-28
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You’ve opened a new bag of compost ready to get potting and suddenly see little white balls. But what are they? Surely not an infestation of fresh slug eggs?   What are the tiny balls in the compost?   You may have noticed small white balls in the compost when using it. We use a…

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Why are there mushrooms in my compost?

2023-01-17
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Sometimes we get asked about the appearance of toadstools in SylvaGrow. If you see fungi in your compost, don’t panic! They’re our friends.   From time to time, depending on climatic conditions, you may see mushrooms in your peat-free compost. For many people, this can be a concern. We are often told mushrooms and fungi…

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Are all peat-free composts the same?

2022-12-15
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Melcourt’s Technical Director, Catherine Dawson, answers, “are all peat-free composts the same? Changing from a well-loved compost that you have used for years can feel challenging. The news that all sales of peat in composts sold to gardeners will be banned from 2024 is excellent for habitat conservation and climate change, but some gardeners who…

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