Last week Paul put the compost preps into our compost. They should be ready for use on the veg beds by mid-April to early May – wheee! And well needed they’ll be too. Here are some pix of him making the preps up …
503 – Chamomile: Chamomilla metrecaria recutita – helps the living calcium processes stabilize plant nutrients; damps down excessive fermentation and invigorates plant growth.
505 – Oak bark: Quercus robur – rich in calcium, wards off diseases and fungal attacks.
506 – Dandelion: Taraxacum officianale – helps the living silica processes; it helps the natural interrelationships like the mycorhyza become fully effective. The plant’s country name is “Lion Tooth”, a corruption of the French dent de lion meaning lion’s tooth.
These then go into the compost bin in the pattern in this diagram.
Then he has to stir the liquid prep the juice of Valerian – with water for 20 minutes to make it into a suitable form to put on the heap. I helped with this :-). When it was done he put it in a watering can and watered it onto the heap.
507 – Valerian: Valeriana officianalis – helps make phosphorous available. Earthworms love it. Used with Prep 500 it draws worms into the garden and helps them reproduce well.
It all got done and during the 20 minutes while we were stirring the Valerian, between putting the 5 solid preps in and the compost bin, it had began to steam !!!