I believe the best place for the dregs is back to the compost pile. I leave them on my 4-layer burlap lid/strainer in the sun to dry out a bit first unless the compost pile is dry-ish and needs extra moisture mixed in.
Im with you on this A_S, but i wouldnt let them sun dry. I thinking that the harsh sun rays would kill lots of beneficials, instead i would toss a even portion of browns with the mushy micro herd.
So far I have gave recipeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s for composted manure based teaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and of course EWC teaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. I will eventually be making a guano tea in the near future but before that, I thought I give out a wonderful recipe on a 100% plant based fertilizer.
So here is a basic alfalfa tea recipe,
4 -5 gallons of distilled water
1 cup (16 TBSP) of alfalfa meal or pellets
1 TBSP molasses
Brew for a minimum of 24 hours and this nutrient rich fertilizer is ready for application. I cant take credit for the recipe but boy does it work!! Used both as a soil drench or as a foliar feed. This also works extremely well as a compost accelerator; I mist or dampen my browns/dry (paper, cardboard) with this recipe to help break them down faster. (I like to think of it as saliva)
You can mix your alfalfa meal (or pellets) directly into the tea, or you can use the tea bag method. I find that both work well, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just a matter of personal preference. Note if your tea begins to smell, add more molasses.. alfalfa with water stinks but with molasses, it is actually kind of pleasant.
Like all teaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, the recipe described can be used as a soil drench or in my case as a foliar feed. Foliar feeding
uses fine mist sprays as a way to get nutrients directly to the plant through the very small pores plants breathes through. It is said to be the quickest and most effective way to correct nutrient deficiencies.
(kelp meal, seaweed extracts, and fish emulsion are by far the best fertilizers to be used as foliar feeds)
A little more on alfalfa and molasses.
Alfalfa is a great alternative to other organic fertilizers like blood meal. With a high chlorophyll content, balanced NPK ratio 2-0-1 ,amino acids, high protein content plus traces of calcium and magnesium.
I find that alfalfa has just the right amounts of nitrogen for some of the more delicate plants in my garden. Being that that compost and teaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s are continually added to my soil. (When prepping soil for my peppers, I have come to believe that alfalfa meal gives the perfect amount of N for the life span of my peppers)
Molasses is also a great ingredient in teaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because of itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ability to help break down nutrients in a form that can be directly absorbed and used by the plants. This really improves the effectiveness of any organic fertilizer especially foliar teaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s! Molasses can also be easily used alone as a fertilizer, with average NPK ratio of 1-0-5 traces of sulfur, magnesium, calcium, protein and iron.
In my tea, I again decided to get creative. I remember reading about nutrition facts on companion plants like fennel and chamomile. Chamomile accumulates calcium, potassium and sulfur while fennel has traces of sodium, sulfur, and potassium. So im added them to my tea bag.
Also in the alfalfa tea recipe, you can easily use comfrey as an alternative to alfalfa [url]https://www.allotment.org.uk/vegetable/comfrey/comfrey.PDF[/url]
Or add other high nutrient rich plants like borage, buckwheat, yarrow, kelp and so on. So its not only manure, guano and compost that us tea brewers can work with.
On another note, coming across a link A_S posted earlier on a thread on ACT. Here they mention alternatives to air stones
applestar wrote: I think all it takes is extra tubing (with holes -- thinking red hot needle -- a nod to your meat fork) and some T connectors.
I tried this and it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work very well. But I did find out that soaker tubing works and that you can easily connect a air stone to seal off the soaker tube, making it even better. So heres some photos of the results.
the length and flexibility of the soaker tube distributes air bubbles nicely thought out my tea brewer