Gardening Texoma: Compost tea

Compost Tea
• All organic gardeners need to make their own compost
• Remember much more work now, much less later

I. Compost Teas
I. We have talked about compost, mulching your beds, and vegetable gardens. Now let’s talk about the 3rd tool for the organic gardeners: “compost tea”
Compost and Mulch take a lot of effort and amounts to are being worked. They take time to reach the root zone or rhizosphere and neither mulch nor compost sticks to leaves. Leaves are an easy way to get micro biology to the root system and into the energy flow of plants flora.
II. Actively aerated compost teas are easy to apply to both soil and leaf surfaces – they are put right where they are needed
III. Compost tea (extract) is what you get when you soak compost in water for a couple of weeks or more. The tea has an abundant amount of trace minerals, bacteria, and fungi needed for your garden. Be sure to keep you compost tea brew out of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will kill microbes because of the ultra-violet rays.
Step One
• Start w/ ½ a 5 gallon bucket of compost
• Add chlorine-free water
Note: compost teas are very sensitive to chlorine and preservatives in brewing water and ingredients
• Add 2 to 3 ounces liquid kelp
• Ditto - Organic apple cider vinegar
• Ditto - Liquid black strap molasses
Spraying
• Spray 70% of the foliage (leaf) top and bottom
• You can use it as a drench at 8 oz. 1 cup for a gal. of water
• Use it as a seed starter – soak seeds for about 10 seconds (larger seeds of course). Smaller; place on paper towel spray a fine mist. Let dry.
• Spray during early morning or late afternoon for best results
To spray foliage one can strain bigger particles out of tea by using party hose or some other filtering fabric.
Happy Gardening!


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