Return to the Soil Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Compost Tea recipe...Overkill?

Posted by greenepastures 9 (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 22, 13 at 21:26

Hi folks. I've been a consistent user of compost tea, paricularly the areated version with the fish pump. I'm in year 2 of my OG experience and I wonder if I'm overdoing it. Here's what I usually put in my tea recipe. In a 5gallon bucket, I apply:

compost, worm castings, bat guano, composted chicken manure..all of which are combined in a paint strainer.

In addition to that I add a cap full of feather tea, a tablespoon of kelp meal, 1/2 cup of liquid fish fertilizer (5..1..1), 2tblsp of molasses & 1/2 cup of Organic Bio-Grow liquid fertilizer. 2..0..6 and 2 tblspn of apple cider vinegar.

I brew for 2 days and apply at full strength via spray and soil feed. Am I overdoing it? What should I scale back on?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Compost Tea recipe...Overkill?

Dr. Elaine Ingham who developed the concept of and methods to brew compost tea apparently did not think it necessary to add a lot of other stuff.

Here is a link that might be useful: brewing compost tea


 o
RE: Compost Tea recipe...Overkill?

You get much fancier than I do, with only blackstrap molasses and maybe some fish emul. in with my compost and bait fish aerator.

One thing you might consider varying is the time period. I fill my gallon jugs of tea out of the five gallon bucket in stages. After 1 day I strain tea into the first third of the gallon containers. After day two I strain tea into the second third of the gallon containers. After 3 or 4 days I strain the five gallon bucket tea into the last third of the gallon jugs.

A bit of reading on compost tea leaves me with the impression that the benefits of tea change a bit with the 'brew' time. So each finished jug has tea with three different 'brew' times.


 o
RE: Compost Tea recipe...Overkill?

HMMM! I didnt know that! Usually after I finish it all goes on the plants & in the soil immediately....So when is the benefit best/worst?


 o
RE: Compost Tea recipe...Overkill?

Not really a case of best or worst. Rather, short brew times improve A more than B and longer brew times improve B more than A (where A and B are benefits).

Read Monte's FAQ on Compost Tea. Keep in mind that a FAQ may be just one persons opinion, and may be heavily edited by others not listed. The two GW Compost FAQs I wrote changed quite a bit over the years.

Search for Compost Tea articles outside of GW, say 'Compost tea basics' or 'Compost Tea Variations'. Avoid the first few who pay for advertising and sell their own products.

There was a New South Wales based experiment article that looked pretty good (from 2007?). My search today did not find an article I remember from several years ago that gave all sorts of opinion on tea brew times and ingredient variations.


 o
RE: Compost Tea recipe...Overkill?

Found the article I was looking for, or at least one just as good. Dr. Elaine Ingham 80 page article is titled something like 'The Compost Tea Brewing Manual' 5th edition. Wasn't until I googled 'compost tea, weed tea, manure tea' that I found it.

Kimmsr's link just led me to the first page of a Dr. Ingham article, the subsequent pages were not found.


 o
RE: Compost Tea recipe...Overkill?

Robert, down toward the bottom of that first page, just under a grren lione about sunscribing to Fine Gardening magazine, you will find links to other pages. Just click on 2,3,4,etc. to get the rest of the article.


 o
RE: Compost Tea recipe...Overkill?

Kimmsr, I found the rest of the article today. One Feb 6, a error message was displayed. Hopefully, it was just a temp glitch.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Soil Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here