Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Compost is made by the decomposition of organic matter by micro-organisms and bacteria and these herbs can be used to act as accelerators in the compost pile:

Borage – leaves break down rapidly
Chamomile – helps to sweeten the compost/removes decayed smell
Comfrey – rich in vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and potassium
Elderberry – flowers are compost activator
Tansy – high in potassium
Yarrow – acts as a catalyst for compost activation


It takes several layers to build a pile or heap. 

The 1st layer includes roughage such as straw or corn stalks for ventilation. 
The 2nd layer includes carbon-rich “brown” materials like fall leaves or shredded newspaper. 
The 3rd layer includes nitrogen-rich “greens” and this is the layer where the compost herbs as well as grass clippings, vegetable peels and eggshells may be used. 
The 4th layer includes garden soil which will inoculate your compost pile. 

Repeat layers 2 thru 4, moistening each until the pile is 3-4 feet high.  Your compost is ready when it is dark and rich, broken down, crumbles in your hand and smells like clean earth.



But grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

To him be the glory both now and forever! Amen.”

2 Peter 3:18

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