What is Compost Tea and Why You Should Use It

Brewed in a similar manner as brewing beer and wine, Compost tea is for soil and plant consumption. It is a natural fertilizer that can be custom brewed for lawns, gardens, and trees.

During the production process, beneficial bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes are extracted from the solid compost. When fully brewed, it is added to the soil for its many benefits. Here are some of the reasons you should consider using it.

Compost Tea is Beneficial

Compost tea is a beneficial way to fertilize your plants. It is a chemical-free solution that reduces the need for pesticides, herbicides, and unnatural fertilizers, which harm many of the beneficial microorganisms that assist in proper plant growth. However, compost teas can improve the quantity of desirable microorganisms and improve the overall quality of the soil by helping to maintain a soil food-web equilibrium of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes and arthropods, while also reducing the need for tillage.

To go along with this, the  beneficial organisms help to  protect plant surfaces with beneficial organisms. The various types of beneficial microorganisms that are found in the natural fertilizer occupy plant infection sites, which help fight off disease-causing organisms from attacking the plants.

Many people also unknowingly plant their vegetables and flowers in soil that lacks essential nutrients. Weather patterns, contemporary planting practices and the over-usage pesticides and synthetic fertilizers all diminish the nutrients in the soil. Using a natural compost tea helps to restore the necessary nutrients and it improves the plant growth by increasing the foliar uptake of these nutrients.

Check back next week for part two and contact Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919 to personalize your compost tea and application next spring.

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