What is compost tea?
Compost tea is an aerobic water solution that has extracted the microbe population from compost along with the nutrients. In simple terms, it is a concentrated liquid created by a process to increase the numbers of beneficial organisms as an organic approach to plant/soil care.
Why use compost tea?
Compost tea has many benefits. It will make our environment healthier and safer and will put the microbe biology back onto the plants and soil. It recreates the natural environment that plants have evolved through millions of years to be healthy.
What are the benefits of compost tea?What are the benefits of compost tea?
- Compost tea has been shown to help in disease-suppression
- Helps to extend root systems
- Increases water and nutrient retention
- Occupies the space around the infection sites so disease-causing organisms
cannot penetrate into the tissues of the plant
- Helps breakdown of toxins in the soil and on the plants
- Enhances the taste of fruits and vegetables
- Creates a safer place for people and snimals by using an organic product,
reducing the need for chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
How long does it take to make compost tea?
It takes 24 hours at 55-80 degrees or longer if the temperatures are colder in the larger brewers, 12-hours (or more) in the 5-gallon brewer. The tea must be used within 4 hours after the motor has been turned off and finished brewing. You can apply it with a back sprayer or watering can.
How often should I apply compost tea?
For foliar disease prevention, you can spray the plants just before you would usually have the onset of disease occurring. Then you would spray every 10 days to 2 weeks for about a month. You should monitor what you are seeing on your plants to determine if further spray is needed. For soil application we recommend two times a year spring and fall. For promoting growth, you could spray once a month during the growing season. Frequency and scheduling of applications will vary depending on individual environmental conditions. You cannot over-apply compost tea.