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What is composting?

Composting takes place naturally when leaves fall from the trees to the ground. Microbes, minute living creatures in the soil, break down the leaves and organic matter. They produce humus which is rich in the nutrients that plants need for healthy growth. The home gardener can take advantage of this natural process by creating their own compost for use in the garden.

Benefits of Herbal Compost

  • Enriches soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests.
  • Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material.
  • Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint.

Uses of Herbal Compost

The benefits of using compost are numerous. It builds good soil structure; enables soil to retain nutrients, water, and air; protects against drought; helps maintain a neutral pH, and protects plants from many diseases commonly found in the garden. It also feeds earthworms and other microbial life in the soil.

  • Compost contains nutrients that your plants need for optimum growth, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. And it’s an especially good supplier of micronutrients that are needed in small quantities and are sometimes overlooked by gardeners, such as boron, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, and zinc. The more varied the materials used to make the compost, the greater the variety of nutrients your compost will provide. In some situations, you will not even need to fertilize soil enriched with compost.
  • Nutrients are released at the rate your plants need them. In early spring, as your plants are slowly starting their growth, the microorganisms in compost are slowly releasing nutrients. As the weather warms up and your plants begin rapid growth, the microorganisms also work faster, releasing more food for your plants. Isn’t nature wonderful?
  • The organic matter in compost binds with soil particles (sand, silt, and clay) to form small aggregates, or crumbs. Crumbly soil is said to have good structure, as opposed to sand, which has poor structure because it’s too coarse to form aggregates, or clay, which can act like cement when wet. These aggregates hold water on their surfaces, making it available to your plants as they need it. As aggregates form, more spaces are created for oxygen, an essential for good root growth. At the same time, the soil spaces form channels for excess water to percolate through the soil, improving drainage.
  • Increases water-holding capacity of soil. Compost can hold an amount of water equal to 200 percent of its dry weight, compared to 20 percent for a low-humus soil.
  • Acts as an inoculant to your soil, adding microorganisms and larger creatures such as earthworms and insects, which are nature’s soil builders. The compost environment is teeming with life, and all soils can benefit from such a rejuvenation.
  • Neutralizes various soil toxins and metals, such as cadmium and lead, by bonding with them so they can’t be taken up by plants.
  • Acts as a pH buffer so plants are less dependent on a specific soil pH. The earthworms in the compost help in this process, because in passing organic matter through their bodies they modify the pH of the soil. And you can lower the pH of your soil by adding compost made from acidic raw materials, such as oak or beech leaves, sawdust, and pine needles.

Why use Herbal Compost

Adding herbs will both help the decomposition process and get more nutrients in there. Comfrey is a nutrient powerhouse. ... This means that comfrey works well as a 'cut and leave' mulch, but can be even more beneficial when added to the compost pile.

Want to get even more nutrients into your compost? Well, consider adding herbs. Of course, herbs won’t form the majority of your compost pile, but are a welcome addition for the benefits they bring. Think of them as you do herbs in cooking – as a little addition to add some extra zing. Below are some herbs that make great supplements to your compost, but first you need a compost pile to add them to.

Get the Basics Right

Before you get to the herbs, you need to get the basics of your compost sorted. You’ll need straw, wood chippings, pruning and branches – they’re carbon-providing elements and should form the bulk of your compost. You’ll also need green garden waste, like grass clippings, leaves and weeds. Add kitchen scraps, some soil, manure and shredded paper, keep moist and turn regularly, and you have the perfect conditions for bacteria and microorganisms to break down the material and create nutrient-rich compost. Adding herbs will both help the decomposition process and get more nutrients in there.


Comfrey is a nutrient powerhouse. It has very deep roots – sometimes stretching down as far as ten feet – meaning that it can access a lot of nutrients in the soil. It then stores these in its large, hairy leaves. When the comfrey plant is cut, these leaves break down very fast. This means that comfrey works well as a ‘cut and leave’ mulch, but can be even more beneficial when added to the compost pile. The large amount of nutrients comfrey supplies boosts the decomposition rate and serves to enrich the whole heap. (It is particularly good for ‘kick starting’ a new compost pile.) It also has a high carbon to nitrogen ratio, making compost that has comfrey in very good for plants. If you were only going to add one herb to your compost, you’d probably go for comfrey.


Like comfrey, borage produces a lot of biomass above the ground, hence it's an ideal crop to grow for composting or mulch. An efficient fixer of nitrogen – absorbing the element from the air and storing it in their root nodules – borage is also an excellent source of zinc and potassium, both important for plant growth.


Yarrow is a useful plant in the ground. It is particularly well suited to planting in a guild with aromatic herbs, such as thyme, rosemary and basil. The proximity of the yarrow seems to help increase the production of essential oils in the herbs, making them more resistant to damage by insects. The herbs also benefit for the high level of nitrogen in yarrow, and it is this that makes it ideal for the compost pile. Unattended, yarrow can spread quickly, so cut and prune regularly, and add the clippings to your compost.


Dandelions are powerhouses when it comes to minerals. They contain good levels of iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and copper, so composting them makes a lot of sense. They are also blessed with a lot of silica, which plants use to build strong cell walls, and potassium, which they store in their roots. Returning all these nutrients to the soil will make your plants sturdy and productive.


Nettles are another good plant to help get a compost pile going. This is primarily due to the high levels of nitrogen that they contain. But that’s not the only nutrient they bring to the mix. Nettles are high in phosphorous and iron, which is essential for the formation of chlorophyll in plants.


Chamomile may be a relaxant when brewed in tea, but added to a compost pile, it really gets things going. Chamomile contains good levels of calcium, which helps the cell walls of plants develop well and helps them absorb nitrogen. It is also a good provider of sulfur, which is one of the macronutrients essential to healthy plant growth. Sulfur promotes enzyme activity, improves root and seed production, helps plants develop proteins and increase their ability to resist the cold.


Compost piles love lovage. This is because it provides high levels of two of the most important nutrients for plant growth: nitrogen and phosphorous. Adding lovage cuttings to your compost pile will give it real boost, particularly in the early stages.


While fennel adds a lovely piquancy to food when used in the kitchen, in the compost pile it is no less dynamic. Besides lots of potassium, herbs for composting fennel is also a good source of copper. This trace element helps plants reproduce, so getting some into your compost will help increase the productivity of your garden.


This hardy perennial of a herb is good for adding to a compost pile due to the amount of potassium concentrated within it. One of the nutrients that plants absorb the most of, potassium builds protein, helps with the process of photosynthesis and is important in enabling plants to combat disease. This big dose of potassium makes tansy, like lovage and comfrey, a good ‘accelerator’ for your compost pile, speeding up decomposition by the microorganisms.

One to Avoid: Fresh Mint

If you have a lot of mint that you want to recycle, adding it straight to the compost pile is not the best way to go about it. Mint is a herb that is renowned for its ability to colonize areas and added to the compost pile it is likely to lead to it growing and infiltrating the compost. Then, when you spread the compost on your beds, the mint will gain a foothold and spread like wildfire, which can be detrimental to other plants. The best thing to do with areas of mint you want to get rid of is sheet mulch over the top. If you are unable to do so, you can add mint cuttings to compost but only if they are dead. Either place them in direct sunlight or wrap in a plastic bag to deprive them of light, and in a week or two they should be okay to compost.

Organic Bio Fertilizer Vs Chemical Synthetic Fertilizers

Chemical Fertilizer

A chemical fertilizer is defined as any inorganic material of wholly or partially synthetic origin that is added to the soil to sustain plant growth. Chemical fertilizers are produced synthetically from inorganic materials. Since they are prepared from inorganic materials artificially, they may have some harmful acids, which stunt the growth of microorganisms found in the soil helpful for plant growth naturally. They’re rich in the three essential nutrients needed for plant growth. Some examples of chemical fertilizers are ammonium sulphate, ammonium phosphate, ammonium nitrate, urea, ammonium chloride and the like.

Organic fertilizers

Organic fertilizers are substances that are derived from the remains or by products of organisms. Organic fertilizers depend upon the microorganisms found in soil to break them down and release the essential nutrients. Organic nutrients are rich in phosphorous, nitrogen, and potassium, but in unequal proportions. Examples of organic fertilizers are cottonseed meal, blood meal, fish emulsion, and manure and sewage sludge. There are two types of organic fertilizers: first is the synthetic type which is organic compound produced artificially (e.g., Urea, a common organic fertilizer; the other type is natural organic fertilizers because 100% of the ingredients used to create a typical natural organic fertilizer come from nature (e.g., fish extract, seaweed and manure, guano, and compost materials).

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