There are far too many clouds for my liking and far too little warm sunshine.

Yes, yes, there have been some pleasant interludes lately: but just like the grass is greener on the other side, those summer breaks have usually looked warmer through double-glazed windows.

My garden has demanded my attention and my mind has focused on planting a variety of pots, troughs, baskets, and containers of summer bedding.

Falkirk Herald gardening guru Sandy SimpsonFalkirk Herald gardening guru Sandy Simpson

I looked at commercially made composts and, gosh, how easy compost is when you only use what the container produced and don’t have to deal with the complexity of the product you bought.

The leading manufacturer of compost for the hobby gardener says it blends “the best 100 percent natural ingredients to create a pure and balanced growth medium that will produce super natural growth and exceptional health for plants and flowers throughout your home and garden “.

This is “a rich, peat-based compost that is great for planting and potting seeds” that can be used in beds, borders and containers, and is “the perfect medium for flowers, fruits and vegetables”.

Yes i want that. But wait a moment. Here’s another all-vegetable compost that is “a naturally peat-free formulation that gives any plant three times the goodness.

This peat-free formulation is great for all types of plants and can also feed your plants for up to 6 weeks. In addition, the special BIO3 formulation contains 3 special ingredients so that your plants can thrive. ”

Peat-based or peat-free? Hmmm. And here’s another contender, a multi-purpose compost with John Innes that is “great for use all over the garden. This premium compost contains nutrients that you can feed your plants for up to 5 weeks (and) the added John Innes formula stores and releases nutrients and water for longer, providing your plants with everything they need. ”

In addition, “it’s ideal for bins and hanging baskets.”

Law. But what about John Innes No.1 Young Plant Compost, which “gives young plants the best start in life? Specially developed for the needs of all young plants to help them establish themselves. With the added zinc complex, a bio-stimulant for healthy growth, peat and clay for perfect nutrient and moisture storage, and sand and sand for excellent drainage, (this compost) feeds plants for up to 4 weeks. ”

And on the other hand, maybe John Innes # 2 potting compost, which is generally similar to John Innes # 1 young plant compost, but contains potassium humate in place of the zinc complex and feeds plants for up to 5 weeks.

And in the longer term, should I buy John Innes No.3 Mature Plant Compost, which is specifically designed to help mature plants and shrubs with a long-lasting and nutrient-rich formulation?

And when I have specific plant families in mind, I am also offered Rose Planting & Potting Mix, All Vegetable Compost, Alpine Planting & Potting Mix, Bulb Planting & Potting Mix, Aquatic Planting & Potting Mix, and John Innes Ericaceous Compost John Innes Seed Compost, Seeds – and cutting compost as well as compost for house plants, house plants, orchids, cacti and succulents, bonsai and citrus fruits.