There are some common herbs that help break down compost. They work either through providing a nutritional boost for the critters that do the work of breaking down the organic matter or by providing trace elements that increase the chemical reactions that occur during composting.
After reading this page, you might see a correlation between herbs that are great for our health and those that can really kick off your composting. It’s because all we all need pretty much the same basic nutrients whether plant, human or bacteria.
Here’s a list of really helpful plants to help your composting –
Bracken – accumulates Potassium, particularly during the leafy green growing stage.
Capeweed – accumulates minerals to toxic levels
Chamomile – Calcium and Sulfur
**Chickweed – Calcium, Copper, Silicon and Sodium. The related plant Cleavers does too.
**Comfrey – accumulates Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Zinc. It also has a good Carbon/Nitrogen ratio. Borage does too, as well as accumulating Zinc.
**Dandelions – Iron and Potassium, Phosphorus, Copper Magnesium.
Fennel – potassium copper
Lovage – Potassium and Nitrogen
**Nettles – high levels of Iron and a lot of Nitrogen
Seaweeds (including kelp) – accumulate trace elements, including, of course, Iodine.
Tansy – lots of Potassium
**Yarrow – Copper, Potassium and Phosphates
** indicates the the herbs we grow extra of for the compost.
How to use activating herbs –
All you need to do is to chop up some material from the selected plants and place them in your compost, whichever composting technique you use – it will help them all.