research reveals that organic labelling on compost is not what it seems. Those trying to garden without chemicals could be getting fooled into buying compost that's not suitable for organic gardening.
If you're an organic gardener or simply want to buy organic compost, always carefully check the label of any product you buy. Our research has discovered that, as compost contains 'organic matter' ie decaying plant or animal material, it can be labelled 'organic' but still contain constituent parts that aren't suitable for organic gardening.
Always look for a label that says 'certified organic' to make sure that any product has gone through the organic certification process.
A representative from Garden Organic - a charity dedicated to promoting organic gardening - told us: 'You can often find out if you're happy to use a product by looking at its ingredients and production methods.
If in doubt, we recommend people look for appropriate organic certification, such as the Organic Farmers and Growers (OF&G) or Soil Association logos, to ensure the contents are independently certified as organic.'
We have more than 30 years of experience testing composts, so we know just how much difference there is between a Don't Buy and a Best Buy.