rainbowgardener wrote:Correct me if I'm wrong garden5, but as I read that last point G5 was talking about adding supplemental nutrition TO THE SOIL prior to adding the compost tea, not adding to the tea. Does that make a difference? It sounds like what you were saying at the end HG re putting the alfalfa on the lawn and then spraying the compost tea. I think both of you were talking about the same thing.
You got it right, RG.
Looking back at my post, it really looks like I was talking about adding the components to my tea, I should have been more clear. I want to add these things to my soil, so that there will be plenty of nutrients for the bacteria to release. Now, I'm sure that if I had well amended soil with plenty of compost, this might not be a real issue, but I don't.
HG, I hear what you are saying about the chemistry kit..it is hard to put it down
. But, really, I do see how extremely beneficial it is to have the microorganisms and not just the nutrients. The microorganisms, make the soil more fertile, hold water better, and even put more organic matter into the soil by helping it to decompose. I really do understand how infinitely better it is to add microbes to the soil than just NPK. However, the microbes themselves are the NPK, so you do end up adding that too.
Now, please don't take this as argumentative when I say this, but when it comes right down to it, isn't it the nutrients that make the plants grow? I mean, hypothetically, if the microbes were not composed of nutrients, and the soil had none (yeah, I know that's impossible
), the plants would not grow.
However, in reality, the microbes are made of nutrients and the soil contains nutrients and by adding theses microbes, we are doing amazing things to the soil...things that no "non-living," nutrient-injecting fertilizer could ever do. The microbes do help in getting nutrients to the plants, but they also help is so many other ways too.
I guess that I'm over-looking all of the really important, non-nutrient benefits of the microbes, and focusing on only the nutrient-oriented ones. I think that I'm getting it now (again
). But, just to satisfy my dumb curiosity, is there a way to maximize the nutrient-oriented benefits of the organisms? Could that way be treating the soil with those nutrients (in organic form, of course), before the application of the tea or would this still be bad?
Thanks a lot for your insights and for listening to my ramblings