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Compost Tea, Yes or No!

Post  quiltbea on 3/17/2014, 2:54 pm

Should one water with compost tea or not waste their time? 

I personally use compost tea as a boost if I'm short of compost and can't feed everyone the solid mixture.  I feel its better than nothing. 

I don't go to all the trouble of bubblers and airation tho. I just fill a sock with compost, tie off the top and hang it in a bucket where I stir with a piece of wood or dip the sock up and down a few times whenever I'm out in the garden.

Here's such a bucket.

What's your ideas on compost tea?
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Re: Compost Tea, Yes or No!

Post  Marc Iverson on 3/17/2014, 5:02 pm

I did the exact same thing last year and it worked like gangbusters.

Three provisos regarding its use, IMO, on the general principle that one of the things that this kind of compost "tea" does most and best is supply very quick-acting nitrogen:

1. Using too much nitrogen on very young plants can make them grow too quickly, rendering them more susceptible to blight and other late-season diseases.

2. Keep it off the leaves so as not to burn them.

3. Abundant green growth is only good until you want fruit. Then it's time for the plant not to luxuriate in the wonders of happy green nitrogen-fueled growth, but get the phosphorous that encourages it to produce flowers and fruits.

So there's a window of time in the growth season during which this type of tea is best, and also a couple of windows of time during which it is counterproductive.
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Re: Compost Tea, Yes or No!

Post  walshevak on 3/18/2014, 2:33 am

Marc Iverson wrote:I did the exact same thing last year and it worked like gangbusters.

Three provisos regarding its use, IMO, on the general principle that one of the things that this kind of compost "tea" does most and best is supply very quick-acting nitrogen:  

1.  Using too much nitrogen on very young plants can make them grow too quickly, rendering them more susceptible to blight and other late-season diseases.

2.  Keep it off the leaves so as not to burn them.  

3.  Abundant green growth is only good until you want fruit.  Then it's time for the plant not to luxuriate in the wonders of happy green nitrogen-fueled growth, but get the phosphorous that encourages it to produce flowers and fruits.

So there's a window of time in the growth season during which this type of tea is best, and also a couple of windows of time during which it is counterproductive.

+1  and it makes worm castings go further.

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Re: Compost Tea, Yes or No!

Post  CapeCoddess on 3/18/2014, 10:54 am

quiltbea wrote:
I don't go to all the trouble of bubblers and airation tho.

Here's such a bucket.

What's your ideas on compost tea?

I do the same thing but without the sock.  I put a scoop full into a bucket of water and use it 24+ hrs later.

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