If you want your compost to have more nutrients, consider adding herbs to the compost pile. Of course, herbs will not make up most of your compost mass, but they are a welcome addition because of the benefits they bring. Think of them as spices when cooking: with a little addition you get extra flavors. Here are the plants that are best as additions to your compost pile, but you must first have that pile…
Let’s get acquainted with the basics
Before we add these plants, we need to have a compost base formed. You need straw, wood flakes, the remains of pruning branches that are carbon carriers and that should make up the bulk of the compost pile. We also need to add green garden waste such as cut grass, weeds or leaves. By adding kitchen waste, fertilizers, a little soil and shredded paper and reflecting the humidity of the pile, we create excellent conditions for bacteria and microorganisms to decompose the material and create compost rich in nitrates. By adding herbs, we will help the decomposition process and add additional nutrients to the compost.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale, Comfrey)
BiljkeZaKompost02GavezGavez is a factory of nutrients. Its root is very deep, sometimes about ten meters. Therefore, it has access to a large amount of nutrients in the soil that it stores in its large, hairy leaves. When these leaves are cut, they decompose very quickly. This means that we can use it as mulch by cutting it and leaving it where it falls, but the benefit is greater if we put those leaves in the compost pile.
A large amount of nutrients increases the rate of decomposition and enriches the whole crowd. This is especially good for the initial start of new compost parts. Comfrey also has a large amount of carbon compared to nitrogen, which makes this kind of compost very good for plants. If you wanted to add only one plant to your compost, then let Gavez be your choice.
Borage, Borage (Borago officinalis, Borage)
PlantsFor Compost03Fighter Like comfrey, borage produces a large amount of biomass above the ground, so it is an ideal crop for composting or mulching. It is an efficient nitrogen collector, absorbs the element from the air and places it in root nodules, it is also an excellent source of zinc and potassium, which are important for plant growth.
Horsetail, Achillea millefolium, Yarrow
PlantsForKompost04HajduckaHajducka grass is especially useful when planted in combination with aromatic herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, basil. The proximity of ragweed increases the amount of essential oils in plants and makes them resistant to damage by insects. The plants also use a large amount of nitrogen in the hajduk grass, which makes it ideal for a compost pile. Hajduk grass spreads very quickly and should be kept in frames by constant mowing and pruning, and compost should be enriched with its remains.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale, Dandelion)
PlantsForCompost05Butter Dandelion is a mineral factory. It contains good amounts of iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, so its composting makes a lot of sense. Dandelion is also blessed with a large amount of silicon dioxide, which plants use to build strong cell walls, and potassium, which it stores in its roots. By returning all these nutrients to the soil, you will make your plants strong and productive.
Nettle (Urtica dioica, Nettles)
PlantsForCompost06KoprivaKopriva is another plant that is good to add to the compost pile. This is primarily due to the high levels of nitrogen it contains. But it is not the only nutrient it contains. Nettle has a lot of phosphorus and iron, which is necessary for the formation of chlorophyll in plants.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla, Chamomile)
PlantsForCompost07CamomileChammomile can be used for relaxation by adding it to tea, but by adding it to the compost pile you are doing the right thing. Chamomile contains a high level of calcium which helps the development of plant cell walls and helps in the absorption of nitrogen. It is also a good carrier of sulfur, which is one of the macronutrients essential for healthy plant growth. Sulfur stimulates enzyme activity, improves root and seed production, helps plants produce proteins and increases their ability to resist cold.
Selenium (Levisticum officinale, Lovage)
PlantsForCompost08SeleniumCompost heaps like selenium. This is because it contains the two most important nutrients for plant growth: nitrogen and phosphorus. Adding selenium cuttings to the compost pile will give it a real boost, especially in the early stages.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare, Fennel)
PlantsForCompost09FennelWhile fennel adds a wonderful spiciness to food when used in the kitchen, use in a compost pile is no less dynamic. In addition to a lot of potassium, fennel is also a good source of copper. This trace element helps the plants to multiply, so by putting it in our compost a little, we increase the productivity of our garden.
Vratic, Povratic, Pyrethrum (Tanacetum vulgare, Tansy)
PlantsFor Compost10VraticThis durable perennial plant is good to add to the compost pile due to the amount of potassium concentrated in it. One of the nutrients that plants absorb the most, potassium, builds proteins, helps in the process of photosynthesis, and which is very important, it enables the plant to fight diseases. The high content of potassium makes neck, as well as comfrey and borage, a good accelerator for your compost heap, accelerating the decomposition by microorganisms.
One to avoid: Fresh Mint
If you have a lot of mint that you want to recycle, adding it to the compost pile is not the best way to do it. Mint is a plant that is known for its ability to colonize areas, and by adding it to the compost heap, it is very likely that it will infiltrate the compost itself. By spreading the compost on the funnels, the mint will gain a foothold and will spread like a forest fire that can be harmful to other plants. The best way to get rid of mint in the areas is by mulching the leaves, covering the whole plant. If you are unable to do so you can add the mint residue to the compost but only if they are dead. Leave them in direct sunlight or wrap them in a plastic bag to remove the light. In a week or two it should be okay to put it on a compost pile.