Compost tea is a liquid form hand crafted artisan compost that contains a diverse population of beneficial organisms these organisms have a symbiotic relationship with plants. It requires the correct type of equipment and a lot of care. The total time to brew it can be 24 to 36 hours. When the tea arrives at your home the aerated liquid is sprayed on your lawn garden or injected in to the soil.
What is in Compost Tea?
A great compost tea will include all the soluble nutrients extracted from the compost as well as additional microbe foods, including all the species of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes in the compost.
Foods extracted from the compost–or added to the compost tea–will be used to grow beneficial organisms. You don’t just want any old nutrients either in your tea. You want a large diversity of foods and organisms, which will result in growing many individuals of many different species.
This is where Heidelberg Farms comes in. You need someone to analyze the biological diversity of the species present in the compost tea under a microscope, because you only want aerobes. Remember, the ‘good guy’ organisms like air. Anaerobes or organisms that thrive without oxygen, make alcohols that can kill plant tissues, cause disease and are generally not beneficial for your plants or your soils.
When we brew a compost tea, we use fish hydrolysate, which contains the proper ratio of nutrients needed by plants. Hydrolysate is an excellent food for the soil food web. As you might expect, however, it has a slight fishy odor, but that dissipates when the compost tea dries out. It completely replaces a conventional lawn fertilizer program.
Heidelberg Farms typically recommends 3 to 5 applications per year. It can be applied at any time during the growing season. It is also safe to re-enter the area at any time.
The soil food web is complex, but a proper compost tea can effectively and safely enhance it in order to maximize lawn and garden growth. It’s also not really expensive either. Have questions? Contact Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919. We are happy to get you ready for 2017!
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.