3rd February 2018 at 1:29 pm #2820
Anyone tried the Dalefoot composts – wool and bracken based? May not be SA derogation acceptable due to the wool, the leaflet doesn’t mention Organics. Quick replies would be helpful as there is the possibility of joining a local bulk order to try some, but need to respond this weekend! (Can’t check with the SA until Monday). Think about twice the price of Klasmann, even at bulk price… Antonia4th February 2018 at 11:50 am #6139
Also, does anyone have a supplier for Klasmann peat free module and potting composts? Dejex doesn’t have anything on their site, and I’m sure someone has said they exist!8th February 2018 at 9:36 pm #6143
I can’t remember the name of the company, but I have 01473 461055 listed in my phone as supplying Klassman compost if you’re buying by the pallet.
No idea if they carry any peat free versions.
Regarding the Dalefoot, I’d recommend buying a few bags, the cost isn’t too outrageous for small orders, and it would be worth trying before committing too much.10th February 2018 at 8:26 pm #6145
The 01473 number is for Horticultural Supplies. I believe they only supply Bio Potgrond and Bio Substat 2.
Looking on Klasmann’s website I can’t see any reference to an organic peat free media….10th February 2018 at 9:17 pm #6146
Hi Antonia, Klassman defintely do a peat free compost suitable for organic production as I used it last year and am doing so again this year. I compared it to the peat compost (half a pallet of each) last year and found I preferred it. I dont know who supplies it in the UK but you should be able to get it from anyone supplying Klassman, can email you details if you need, regards Jason12th February 2018 at 9:01 am #6147
I hadn’t heard of this stuff either. There’s nothing at all that’s peat-free the Klasmann 2018 catalogue including the non-bio ranges. Only reference I can find online is Fruit Hill Farm in Ireland which does list an organic seed and potting from Klasmann using coir. Would be interested to pick up a few bags to compare.12th February 2018 at 10:58 am #6148
I have been banging on about Klasmann peat-free for years! Delfland use it for their amateur sales and trayshop with good results. http://www.delfland.co.uk/acatalog/Organic-Options.html
Suppliers need to know growers want it – maybe need to order bulk supplies together? Delfland get it delivered in bulk (loose). It has been available in Ireland for many years and has performed well in trials – we had an article in the OG on this a few years ago. It is still an imported product (using a proportion of green waste compost made in a controlled way by Klasmann themselves in Germany and coir) so still has some environmental issues, but it is reliable.12th February 2018 at 2:16 pm #6149
Thanks for the comments – I have now spoken to Dejex about it, and they said they don’t know of a Klasmann peat free option. Do Delfland get it direct from Klasmann in Germany? I’d be interested in a joint order, although the logistics might be complicated to Perthshire, I’d need a pallet but there might be others around who would like to try it. Jason -could you email me the details? Thanks a lot (you have my email from the committee)
Antonia12th February 2018 at 2:24 pm #6150
The Fruit Hill Farm article is useful – link above – and it is a bit baffling why it is hard to track the compost in the UK. Also, at the end it says that the compost lasts 3 months – I use mine over two years, due to having to order a pallet at a time and the scale of my market garden. I have never had problems doing this with the Klasmann with peat – anyone else have comments on this? Antonia12th February 2018 at 3:33 pm #6151
Phil it would help their sales of the stuff if Klasmann listed it on their own website and catalogue! Or if they do I can’t see it anywhere and it’s not the first time I’ve looked through it.13th February 2018 at 9:23 pm #6152
Hi Everyone, I have just emailed Antonia and suggested she contact Fruit Hill farm to find out more about the peat free compost. I can do this for you if you want. Last year was my first year using it but I was very happy with it, it can dry out a bit sharpish so needs to be pressed into cells a bit to guard against this. I have even made blocks with it and no problem.
I looked at the brochure that FHF sent from Klassman an you are right John no mention of a peat free product which is strange alright. As to how long it keeps I would use it for one season kept in a cool dry shed after that I dont know how long it will keep.
Best of luck and let me know if I can help further, Jason27th February 2018 at 6:02 pm #6161
(this may appear twice) I have now spoken to the Klasmann supplier in Scotland who knows of the peat free version but says it is not yet available in the UK, due to some requirement to give ingredient details. He is in touch with the Klasmann UK rep, knows there is interest in it, and will send me more information when it is available. How this fits with Delfland using it I don’t know. I will pass on any news. Antonia
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