Compost Tea Quickie


There are thousands of different species of
microorganisms that have a huge part to play in the health of your garden, and the purpose
of compost tea is to reintroduce these microorganisms that really should be here, but are often
deficient in our gardens. So these microorganisms, they increase plant nutrient uptake so your
plants are bigger and healthier, they decrease pests, preventing pests, even controlling
diseases on your plants. They improve the soil’s ability to hold water and hold nutrients,
so your plants have more access to that. And they decrease toxins in the soil and on plants
too. And so compost does all of these things as well, but the nice thing about compost
tea is we can bring it onto our plant leaves and a lot of these benefits can take place
above ground too. And so that’s why I bring it into my garden at least a couple of times
a year. And the way you make it, you want to make aerated compost tea, and so what you
do is you get a small amount of really good compost, like a handful or a couple handfuls,
put it into a clean bucket of clean water, add foods to feed those microorganisms, so
that’s molasses and liquid kelp and maybe some rock dust, and then you want to aerate
that with a pump that’s powerful enough to get the whole mixture oxygenated. So you want
to keep that pump going for about 24 hours, and then, when it’s done, you just take it,
undiluted, spray it all over your plants and on your soil, on your compost pile, and you
get all of these benefits I just mentioned.

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  1. Everyone is talking about AACT compost teas now, but they fail to mention the important tips. Like if you use tap city water, it has chlorine so you must fill your bucket and let it set for 24-48 hours so the chlorine can evaporate. Even still, chlorimide can still remain in the water, and these things will kill all your bacteria you are trying to grow in the tea. So you MUST do that with tap water. Second is the teas often clog sprayers, so you must use good filters and sprayers that can handle such thick tea mixtures. Also, you should only use UnSulphered molasses for plants, as too much sulfur and such can be harmful to your teas. Worm Castings, Fish Meal, Kelp or Seaweed, with Humic acid powder and unsulphered molasses. Even harvard uses this for their green grass on their campuses, all basic organic, cheap AACT compost teas.

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