Compost tea & fertilizing tricks|Trisha Shirey|Central Texas Gardener


HI, I’M TRISHA SHIREY AND THIS IS BACKYARD
BASICS. TODAY WE’RE HERE IN MY BACKYARD AT LAKE AUSTIN
SPA RESORT. AND THERE COMES A TIME WHEN ALL GARDENERS
NEED TO GIVE THEIR PLANTS A LITTLE EXTRA NUTRITION AND ONE OF THE WAYS I LIKE TO DO THAT THAT’S
VERY INEXPENSIVE IS TO MAKE YOUR OWN FERTILIZER BY MAKING A COMPOST TEA OR NUTRIENT TEA.
IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE, JUST TAKE A GOOD MANURE COMPOST.
PUT IT IN WITH WATER OR WATER WITHOUT CHLORINE AND STIR IT A COUPLE OF TIMES A DAY TO INTRODUCE
AIR INTO IT. YOU CAN ALSO DO THE SAME THING WITH EARTHWORM
CASTINGS AND MAKE AN EXCELLENT FERTILIZER THAT WAY TOO.
YOU CAN ALSO ADD COFFEE GROUNDS, TEA GROUNDS TO THAT SAME MIX AND GIVE YOUR PLANTS THE
NUTRIENTS FROM THOSE BECAUSE COFFEE GROUNDS ARE HIGH IN NITROGEN.
SO THAT’S A GOOD DRINK FOR YOUR PLANTS. NOW, I’LL LET IT SIT FOR A DAY OR TWO AND
THEN THE COMPOST WILL SETTLE TO THE BOTTOM, SO I STRAIN THE LIQUID OFF THE TOP, DILUTE
IT AND THEN PUT A LITTLE BIT AROUND THE BASE OF EACH PLANT.
HERE’S ANOTHER WAY YOU COULD DO THIS TO MAKE IT EASIER TO USE, USE AN OLD PILLOW CASE AND
PUT YOUR COMPOST IN THE PILLOW CASE AND THEN JUST TIE THAT UP AND TIE IT TO THE HANDLE
OF THE BUCKET. AND THEN THAT WAY IT ACTS LIKE A GIANT TEA
BAG. YOU CAN PULL THAT OUT AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY
ABOUT STRAINING THAT BEFORE YOU PUT IT IN THE GARDEN.
THIS IS NOT TRUE AEROBIC COMPOST TEA. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING I WOULD PUT DIRECTLY
ON THE FOLIAGE OF THE PLANTS. THIS IS MORE AS A ROOT FERTILIZER.
SO I PUT IT TOWARD THE BASE OF THE PLANT. NOW, I HAVE MY PLANS MULCHED WITH COMPOST
AND THEN A SHREDDED MULCH. SO AS YOU’RE PUTTING THE NUTRIENTS ON THE
PLANT, TIMES IT’S HARD TO GET IT DOWN THROUGH THE MULCH.
SO I BURY POTS IN THE GROUND, SMALLER POTS LIKE A ONE QUART POT FOR THE SMALLER PLANTS
OR GALLON POT FOR LARGER PLANTS LIKE TOMATOES. AND YOU CAN PUT ONE POT BETWEEN TWO PLANTS
OR EVEN THREE PLANTS. AND AS LONG AS IT’S BETWEEN 12 TO 18 INCHES
FROM THE ROOT ZONE OF THE PLANT, THAT FERTILIZER IS GOING TO LEACH OUT INTO THE ROOT ZONE OF
THE PLANT. AND IT’S INTERESTING WHEN I’VE PULLED THESE
POTS UP AND THE PLANTS UP AFTER THE GARDEN SEASON IS OVER, I SEE LOTS OF ROOTS JUST REALLY
AROUND THOSE POTS WHERE THEY’VE BEEN GOING FOR THE NUTRIENTS.
YOU CAN USE THOSE SAME POTS FOR PUTTING COTTON SEED MILL, EPSOM SALTS.
PUT A WATER HOSE IN AND GIVE THE PLANTS A DRENCH OF GOOD FERTILIZER.
USE FISH EMULSION, SUPER THRIVE, ANY OF THE NUTRIENTS TO THE COMPOST AND IT CAN REALLY
GIVE YOUR PLANTS A BALANCED AND HEALTHY DRINK. NOW, THIS FERTILIZING CAN BE DONE AS OFTEN
AS THE PLANTS REALLY LIKE LOOK THEY NEED A PUSH.
AND I TEND TO USE THIS ABOUT EVERY TWO WEEKS WHEN PLANTS ARE JUST GETTING STARTED.
AND MAYBE ONCE A MONTH AS PLANTS BECOME MORE ESTABLISHED IN THE GARDEN.
IT WORKS VERY WELL. AND THEN ONCE YOU FINISH WITH THAT COMPOST
YOU CAN USUALLY REBREW IT A SECOND TIME AND THEN THAT COMPOST CAN JUST GO AROUND THE BASE
OF YOUR PLANTS, ADD IT TO YOUR COMPOST PILE AND SO IT’S NOT WASTED, BUT YOU’VE GOTTEN
A LOT OF MILEAGE OUT OF THAT SHOVEL FULL OF COMPOST.
THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO FEED YOUR PLANTS. FOR BACKYARD BASICS, I’M TRISHA SHIREY.
THANKS FOR JOINING US.

7 thoughts on “Compost tea & fertilizing tricks|Trisha Shirey|Central Texas Gardener

  1. Hi. Do those plant pots have a slow release with one or many holes? Do you drill holes into their sides? Where is the release? only bottom?
    Thanks and great idea. I was thinking of making a worm tower similar to this.

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