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Buying Compost in the South of France

Hi all,

I wonder if any of you have experience of buying large quantities of Compost in the south of France. My client is based close to the Spanish border in St Laurent de Cerdans.

Any advice appreciated.

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  • PRO

    Hi Juliet

    I can't really give advice on buying in bags, as I don't buy much or often.

    But what I can tell you is that in my area (near Monflanquin, SW France) you can collect unlimited compost for free from the local tip (dechetterie).

    I guess it depends on what you want to use it for but it makes a great mulch. However it's acidic due to the amount of conifer (amongst other things) that is chipped and composted.

    The compost isn't mechanically sterilised but it does achieve high temperatures during the composting - windrow - process. So if you use it, explain to your client what you are using and apply a caveat to your T&Cs.

  • PRO

    Thanks Philip,

    I have just been looking at the dechetterie in the local area, I  want at least a 22 tonne lorry load. Would this compost be suitable for Veg growing if it has lots of Leylandii in it? Good advice as ever.



    • PRO

      If used solely as a growing medium i.e. raised beds (which I wouldn't recommend) then you'd have to adjust the acidity by adding lime - especially if you intend to grow brassicas, etc.

      If used to ameliorate the soil then I don't think you'll have a problem (although adding some lime wouldn't hurt.

    • PRO

      I've just done a bit of research and it does appear that some dechetteries have a restriction on the quantity you can collect.

      I'd imagine you'd have to pay a handling/delivery charge for a bulk delivery.

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