• Caption: Some of David's beautiful Containers
    Caption: George's giant Cucumber

    At Dalefoot we love getting photos and emails from customers about their plants and gardens and what better week to showcase them than National Allotments Week (13 to 19 August). This event, organised by the National Allotment Society, sees allotment sites across the UK open their gates to the public to share their joy in gardening. For a full list of sites taking part click here.

    Dalefoot customer George sent us this photo of his grand-daughter with a giant cucumber grown using our Wool Compost for Vegetables & Salads. “I have never grown anything quite like this in the past. I can only put it down to using your compost,” he said.

    And we were most impressed with the colourful photos sent in by customer David who said: “I am sending you a few pictures of my containers this year, all are planted up with your compost and as you can judge they are absolutely magnificent. I have never before had such a success with manufactured composts. I did try out a few bags last year for the first time having met you at Malvern. It was a success last year but this year the results are outstanding. I ordered enough for a friend and she also is delighted with the results. We will be ordering again next year.”

  • Three show gardens at RHS Tatton Flower Show, including a gold medal winner, have been given a peat free boost thanks to Dalefoot Composts.

    Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra by Briony Doubleday scooped Best Back to Back Garden, Best Construction Award and a prestigious gold RHS medal at the show. The garden was planted in a mix of Dalefoot’s Wool Compost and Lakeland Gold.

    The shady urban garden shows how lush planting, including large tree ferns, can thrive in a space overshadowed by neighbouring buildings, while raising awareness of the Stroke Association. Penumbra, meaning partial shade, is also the term for the tissue in the brain around the area from which strokes emanate. It has been designed as a space where stroke survivors’ relatives can reflect and build resilience to provide support to their loved ones.

    Briony said the use of Dalefoot Compost had really helped with water retention in the garden. “For the ferns, it holds the moisture amazingly and actually I didn't have to water as much,” she commented.

    Dalefoot has also supported the Born to Bee Wild garden, designed by young designer Jimmy McAdam, sponsored by the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust. It focuses on the concept of the beehive and the ability of this natural creation to promote life and become a hive of activity. Bee-friendly plants, on this silver-winning garden, include wild carrot and betony. Jimmy said: “Dalefoot Compost is great to work with, light, easy to get around the pots and it's a great clay buster, it just does the perfect job really."

    Finding [urban] Nature by Eds Higgins, another young designer, also scooped silver. It celebrates the hidden charm of wasteland sites. A central scaffold pavilion is surrounded by brownfield flowers and domestic garden plants. Raised vegetable beds contain a colourful mix of veg, herbs and flowers – with the compost bags on show! “Dalefoot Wool Compost was a great addition to my garden. It works perfectly in the allotment area. We've used it in practice and were really happy with it. We are always looking for peat free alternatives and it's the best we've found so far," said Eds.

  • When Monty Don wants a special compost to plant a Chinese Dogwood in a pot that will give good drainage, neutral to acid soil and plenty of nutrients, what does he use? He makes up a bespoke mix including his own garden compost, leaf mould, grit – and ericaceous wool-based compost! topped off with composted bracken. As he says “Don’t scrimp on the compost”. To watch the clip click here and move the cursor to 2:00. Our Wool Compost Ericaceous can be bought here and our Lakeland Gold can be bought here.

  • We are so excited that Dalefoot Composts has been selected as an RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year Finalist for 2018!  We are one of 13 finalists who will be judged by a panel of 4 judges, to include BBC's Dragons Den Deborah Meaden; the judging will take place on Sunday 20th May, so please keep your fingers crossed for us!

  • Caption: Dalefoot Lakeland Gold Compost looks great amongst the props from their Potting Shed.

    Look what turned up amongst their props!

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