In this guide we’ll take a look at the best multi-purpose compost for the UK market.
I’ve compared nutrients, promotion of growth, texture and cost
to give you my top recommendations.

What Is The Best Compost?

  • Features
  • Nourishes plants for up to five weeks
  • Retains water well
  • Helps plants produce strong growth
  • Cost
Rating
9.9/10
  • Features
  • Nourishes plants for up to six weeks
  • Provides all nutrient for healthy growth
  • Coarse texture is ideal for heavier soils
  • Cost
Rating
9.7/10
  • Features
  • Good budget compost
  • Retains water well
  • Loose texture reduces compaction
  • Cost
Rating
9.4/10
  • Features
  • Contains organic fertilizer and seaweed extract
  • Encourages healthy root growth
  • Feeds plants for up to five weeks
  • Cost
Rating
9.2/10

More Detailed Compost Reviews

Multi-Purpose Compost with John Innes 60L by Westland

This Multi-Purpose Compost with John Innes is the best multi-purpose compost for all-round garden use as it provides nourishment for your plants for up to five weeks and retains moisture well.

The compost has a lovely crumbly texture with no large twigs or lumpy bits. It has enough nutrients to keep plants going for up to five weeks so is perfect for pots and hanging baskets as well as for adding some extra nutrients before planting out in beds. I add a good couple of handfuls to the hole before planting in my beds and borders and it does seem to promote strong growth and plenty of flowers.

My tubs and hanging baskets also do really well when I use this compost and I have had abundant flowers all summer long. It also seems to retain water better than some other brands.

Overall, this is the perfect multi-purpose compost for general use around the garden.

J. Arthur Bowers Multi-purpose Compost 2 x 50L Bags (100L)

The J. Arthur Bowers Multi-purpose Compost offers great value for money and provides all the nutrients your plants need for their first 4-6 weeks.

This is a versatile compost that contains nitrogen for leaf growth, phosphate for strong root development and potassium to encourage abundant flowering and fruiting. The compost also contains trace elements to promote plant health and improve your plant’s resistance to disease.

This compost has a fairly coarse texture which prevents waterlogging and compacting. This makes it ideal if you have a heavier soil. It also works well in tubs and hanging baskets, though you may need to water these more often than with some other composts.

This is a great multi-purpose compost that is particularly suitable if you have a heavy soil that is prone to waterlogging

Scotts Miracle-Gro Levington Multi Purpose Compost 70 Litres

Scotts Miracle-Gro Levington Multi Purpose Compost is a low peat formula that is enriched with recycled material and has a moisture lock formula to help it retain more water.

On initial opening, this compost seemed a bit uneven in texture, however, I suspect this will help to stop it from becoming compacted in pots. The waterlock technology does seem to work as pots filled with this stayed damp longer than other pots on my patio. Overall, this compost worked well, and my plants thrived, though I did find I needed to feed them a bit sooner than with other composts.

Westland Jack's Magic All Purpose Compost, 60 litres

Westland Jack’s Magic All Purpose Compost is made from 100% natural ingredients, has a lovely crumbly texture and feeds your plants for up to five weeks.

This compost is enriched with organic fertiliser and seaweed extract which improves the root development of plants and increases fruiting and flowering.

I found this compost worked well in pots and beds and was particularly good for vegetables. The plants in my patio pots flowered really well and the rich formula seemed to suit my root vegetables perfectly.