Thursday, October 6, 2016

Is Compost Tea better than Compost?

Among the various organic fertilizers , compost tea has a big value. It is good for any vegetables, flowers and houseplants . It is n... thumbnail 1 summary
Among the various organic fertilizers, compost tea has a big value. It is good for any vegetables, flowers and houseplants. It is nutritive and faster absorption than compost. To make compost tea, first we have to make compost. There are many ways to make compost. Read the compost process guide for your home garden. 

How is the word “Compost tea” made? Yes it is very simple. Look at the picture. You can understand why it is called as “compost tea”. Normally, when you prepare a tea, you are using a tea bag. Then you put it into water and you can see the water color is change. The compounds in tea are dissolving in water. After that we can discard the tea bag. The same idea is use to prepare compost tea. I think this is the simplest way to explain how to make compost tea. 

 The compost tea can be made by using two methods. First one is passive method. It is very similar to making a cup of tea. I already explain above the similarity of making a tea and compost tea. In the same way we can make compost bags and put them in water barrel for a several days or weeks. After that we can use that brewed tea as a fertilizer. 

The next way is aerated compost tea making. In additionally compost we need some molasses or kelp to make this. Additionally we need electric aerator. To make compost tea normally we can use 5: 1 ratio of water to compost. When we are making compost tea, we have to avoid chlorinated water. Therefore use only pure water or keep chlorinated water 24 hours before use them.

How to Make Aerated compost tea?

To make compost tea we have to choose well finished, fresh compost. The chosen compost should be well decomposed and in black color. If you don’t have such compost yet, here you can make them at your home garden. In here we need a barrel with water and compost filled sack to suspend in the water. It is better to insert molasses inside the bags. In here we are also trying to grow aerobic bacteria that beneficial for plant growth. Therefore molasses is better as an energy source. 

I mentioned in above not to use chlorinated water. Chlorine well be destroyed the beneficial bacteria. 

The compost sack should be dipped in the water and need to be stirred once a day. Aeration should be done by using an aerator. This will reduce the time to make compost tea and it will be helps to grow aerobic bacteria. After brewing time completed, the sack should be removed and use the liquid as a fertilizer for your plants. Normally the brewing period is less than passive method.

Why Compost Tea is better than Compost?

There are several reasons. When consider about compost, it is just a traditional fertilizer. It should be added to the root zone and the nutrition compounds need to be dissolved in water. If not plants cannot be absorbed them. But this process is somewhat slower than compost tea. 

Also the liquid is rich with all the macro and micro nutrients. So this is help to the increase the plant growth and health. 

In additionally we help to grow aerobic bacteria in the liquid. They are helping to keep plant growth and health by suppressing the diseases. 

Those microbes are provided plant growth hormones. Some of them detoxify the pesticide residuals. 

We can add the liquid even in the nutrition deficiencies, because it is very active as a chemical fertilizer. We don’t need to add tons of liquid like compost. So it is easy to add them to plants. 

Finally compost tea makes a green garden at your home. Please comment below your experience on compost tea. 

Important: - don’t use unfinished compost to make compost tea. Unfinished compost may include harmful pathogens. Don’t use too old compost, because that compost may have nutrient deficiency. Try to aerate well. This will be suppressing the growing of anaerobic microbes. Use energy source like molasses. This will help to grow the bacteria and fungi.