Four simple steps to great compost

Have your heard people getting all excited about compost, and wished you could learn how to transform your piles of garden waste to something useful?

Well chances are, you can!

Before and after Blue Borage compost coaching — at a primary school in West Auckland, New Zealand

Just picture being able to cancel your garden waste collection service, and also stop buying soil in plastic bags… you’ll be reducing the petrol used to transport waste from A to B (then to C, D and E), and you’ll also keep plastic bags out of the gardening industry. You can make your own seed raising mix, potting mix, and learn about all the myriad of special blends for specific purposes.

Here’s what one of my customers says about my method of composting:

I never bought seed raising mix again!

Katrina from Blue Borage is the perfect teacher who instructed me on how to make my own seed mix. By following her simple, clear instructions I was able to start making my own and it’s been a hit with my seeds. They’ve got off to the best start possible. I now have a thriving, productive vegetable garden.

Since then I have learnt more from Katrina whether it be in person or through her online courses or weekly updates. She makes gardening accessible, easy and fun and all achieved in a kind, nourishing and sustainable way.

Super knowledge and I would highly recommend her!

Andy Scott

Where do you get started?

I recommend beginning with a simple hot compost pile: you’ll want to get a nice balance of green material and brown material (composting nerds sometimes call this nitrogen and carbon, but they don’t always match the colour neatly). You can get loads of help over at Blue Borage — that’s what we specialise in!

Your free planning tool and compost log

Let me help you get off to the best possible start with a planning tool to break the whole process down to four steps, with a blank page to record your compost pile.

Before you know it, you’ll be hooked on making soil, and creating a truly circular system in your own garden.

Ideas for innovative edible gardening solutions using biodynamic methods to make ‘soil with soul’ is what New Zealand needs right now. For tips, advice and online courses go to or get in touch by email at

Compost Coach based in Titirangi, West Auckland, New Zealand. Using biodynamics to help home gardeners make top quality soil.

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