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By Gac

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I have two Somerset Hamstone troughs about 5ft wide and 2.5 feet deep. Would like to put plants of various types but not sure what soul to fill them with. They both have good drainage



Depends on whether you intend to put acid-loving plants or just run-of-the-mill ones, i.e. seasonal bedding plants. If you are going to put permanent plants then J.I. No. 2, soil- based compost with a little multi-compost would hold moisture and nutrients best.

18 Feb, 2018


Yes, Westland with John Innes no. 2 is great. I believe compost is all ph neutral unless itis specifically ericaceous (acidic) which you will need for heathers and dwarf azaleas, rhododendrons etc. Bit otherwise you will be fine. Enjoy planting, they sound lovely.

18 Feb, 2018

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