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!