shawn86
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compost tea

I have been hearing and reading about compost teas and still have a lot questions. some questions that have are if you are using teas do you need to use fertilizers and how can you test you tea for n.p.k value

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This is mainly a bump - I know there are a number of people around here who make aerated/ activated compost tea and should be able to answer your questions better.

I make compost infusion - like tea but not aerated. On my garden, I use this, regular compost, and mulch and nothing else. Works for me.

Re the NPK values, I don't really know. But the compost you start with is probably anywhere between 1-1-1 and 2-2-2. That is considerably lower concentration than most synthetic fertilizers. But it doesn't matter, because the fertilizers, you can only use a very small amount or you burn your plants. Compost you apply in shovelsful.

And the NPK is not what is important about compost tea or why you use it. The point of making it into a tea is that you are culturing lots of micro-organisms. The micro-organisms once added to the soil break down the nutrients in the soil into forms the plants can use. So the plants are fed, but not by you adding NPK.

Plants need a lot more than just NPK any way. They need calcium, magnesium, sulfur, boron, chlorine, copper, iron, manganese, zinc, molybdenum... You can't add all that stuff, you just need to make sure you have healthy soil. Good balanced compost and mulch does that.

Check out the book Teaming with Microbes. We did a book club discussion of it here:

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At the top of the Composting Forum is this [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17097]Sticky about Aerated Compost Tea[/url]. Beware; it may contain more information than you're looking for! :D

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if i may..

i strongly suggest:
[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCbeALuAYsg[/url]

ray seems a little goofy, but he's been doing things for long time and i even follow some (if not most) of his methods.. the results are AMAZING!!!! he grows on you in a very short amount of time..

but when it comes to compost tea and peppers especially.. he's someone to watch.

you have stewed tea and brewed tea.. i just follow his method on stewed method (very very simple and very very effective) - atleast for me.
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Ruffsta wrote:if i may..

i strongly suggest:
[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCbeALuAYsg[/url]

ray seems a little goofy, but he's been doing things for long time and i even follow some (if not most) of his methods.. the results are AMAZING!!!! he grows on you in a very short amount of time..

but when it comes to compost tea and peppers especially.. he's someone to watch.

you have stewed tea and brewed tea.. i just follow his method on stewed method (very very simple and very very effective) - atleast for me.
thanks for posting - I have had intentions to make some compost tea, but just haven't gotten around to buying an air stone and the ingredients. Since i already had a 5 gallon bucket, a hose and and some compost I am giving Ray's method a try. I have the tea brewing as I write. I'll give it a stir after dinner :).

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Putting several small compost on the upper part of a garden also works great and the rain seems to flush the tea through the garden!
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