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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: ccat on January 11, 2019, 07:16:40 AM

Title: Compost Tea Question
Post by: ccat on January 11, 2019, 07:16:40 AM
I have used compost tea for years and will for many years to come, but......since we have moved to northern Alabama and I am working on my first garden here, I have an idea to help the soil.
Would spraying a butt load of compost tea on the garden now do any good later?
My wife and I think a lot of it will be washed away by spring, but if any thinks different, I'll mixed up a 55 gal drum and launch an Ag-Cat Air Tractor and spray away.
Thanks in advance
Title: Re: Compost Tea Question
Post by: BigOlButtaBean on January 11, 2019, 07:54:42 AM
Whats the quality of your soil? If its poor, it'll certainly help to start colonizing all the good stuff that makes your plants grow, but if its already decent, you probably wont see much of a gain.
  Firm believer in compost tea, myself. Wonderful stimulator to so/so or poor ground, the difference is amazing. Doesn't do much for well supplemented soil, mayhaps speed composting of leaf litter or other top dressings.
Title: Re: Compost Tea Question
Post by: ccat on January 11, 2019, 12:08:47 PM
I did a soil test back last spring when it was still a "field".
I have the test but not with me now.  I do remember it being what I expected...."below optimum" on most categories.
I think I'll brew up a big bunch and spray away.....sure can't hurt.
Title: Re: Compost Tea Question
Post by: tbird on January 12, 2019, 09:41:18 AM
Compost tea is the steeped extract of compost.  That compost is the result of biological breakdown of organic materials into essential building blocks of plant growth.  By adding them to the soil it does build the soil nutrient base. Compost tea is a mixture of complex organic materials, simpler organic compounds and elemental products like zinc, iron, copper, etc.  Adding these to soil enhance soil.  OF course some will be consumed by natural growth before you plant a garden there, some will leach off in rain and natural water transitioning through the soil before planting as well as more bio degradation.  In the long run however the soil will be enhanced.  The only limits to using the tea is if you have limited quantities.  Then I would save to for planting.  Also the compost tea will add biological improvement to the natural beneficial bacteria and fungal growth desired in garden soil. 

I hope you rnew garden works out well cat.   ;)
Title: Re: Compost Tea Question
Post by: Lance on January 21, 2019, 08:17:23 PM
As hard as it is to make, I say hold on to it and use when plants are established. Run off is a an issue.  Keep it "fed" and wait. Bring in manures and sand, good fill, and composted wood chios. Or better yet send it to me . Address can be provided.