QR Composting Solutions Store - QR Activator Herb Plants

The most sustainable and cost effective way of making QR activator is to grow and prepare the herbs yourself. Obviously herbs such as nettle and dandelion grow freely in the wild but the other herbs (yarrow, valerian and chamomile) can be a little harder to find unless you know what you are looking for and where to look. Full instructions on how to make QR activator are detailed in the book 'Quick Return Compost Making' available from this site.








Valerian Plant (Valeriana Officinalis)
Valerian is an unusual but elegant plant worthy of a place in the ornamental and herb garden. With its distinctive vanilla like smell, in the 16th century it was used as a spice and perfume and for laying amongst clothes. Valerian has a tentacle like root system that penetrates into the soil attracting worms into its vicinity. It benefits other plants in general and can be made into a liquid feed in much the same way as nettle or comfrey feed. It is useful too in very dilute form for encouraging cuttings to take root. Prices include post & packing.


Yarrow Plant (Achillea Millifolium)
Yarrow is one of our native herbs and is one of the essential ingredients in QR activator. Of course it has many other uses which should be expoited wherever possible. It has the propensity to heal wounds, relief of fever, as a cure for rheumatism and was even used in days gone by to ward off evil spirits! With beautiful fern like foliage, attraction of beneficial insects and ultra long flowering season, no garden should be without it! Prices include post & packing.


Chamomile Plant (Matricaria Chamomila)
This is the annual or German Chamomile also known as Matricaria Recutita and Chamomilla Recutita. A very useful ingredient in QR activator which aids the health of the heap during the composting process - it subdues smells and keeps the heap sweet. Chamomile has a wonderful apple like aroma and and was regarded as a sacred healing herb by the ancient Egyptians who used it to treat many ailments including colds fevers aches and pains. Its main use nowadays is in herbal teas which has a calming effect as well as helping digestion and can settle an upset stomach. When planted next to a sick or ailing plant chamomile has a restoring effect and can increase the production of essential oils in neighbouring plants. Prices include post & packing.




Gardener's Question Time

Broadcast on Sunday 14th December 2008, GQT featured an article on QR Compost Making. In a short interview with Eric Robson, Andrew Davenport gave a quick rundown on how good compost can be made quickly using the QR method.


Other Useful Websites

  • Sustainably and organically grown plants from Gardener's Cottage Plants


  • Gift Plants: Personalised gift plants from a small family business.


  • Compost Everything: Everything you want to know about how to compost everything.