My first response to compost tea was a reasonably frequent response, “So that you simply put compost in a bucket then dump it in your crops?” Little did I notice all of the science and work that goes into making top quality compost tea or AACT (Actively Aerated Compost Tea).
In some methods it looks as if such a easy idea, to position good compost in a container with water, add meals for the micro organism and fungus within the compost, after which agitate and aerate the tea for a enough period of time to permit the micro organism and fungus and micro-organisms to copy and develop.
Nonetheless, since it is a comparatively new area, you appear to seek out many various concepts on what compost tea is, starting from whole ignorance to in-depth scientific research. I’ve compiled just a few factors that I consider to be of great significance when making compost tea:
1. Good compost is essential!
With out good biology within the compost, you actually don’t have any probability of getting high-quality tea. You’ll be able to solely multiply what you set into your brewer, subsequently good compost that has been examined to have excessive numbers and a range of useful organisms is crucial. Plenty of science goes into making good compost, and until you check your compost you actually do not know if what you’re placing into your brewer is actually useful. By adjusting the kind of compost you set within the brewer you possibly can management whether or not your tea goes to be bacterial or fungal dominated. We use a mixture of 3 completely different composts to extend our range in our teas.
2. Meals is important
The micro-organisms in order that they will reproduce and develop in numbers. The objective is to maximise your output of useful biology with out giving the micro organism and fungi an excessive amount of meals that they over-replicate and trigger the tea to go anaerobic. There are lots of completely different recipes on the market, every of which will provide you with completely different biology in the long run and a few are a lot better than others. You will need to see the lab outcomes of the recipe you utilize to just be sure you are certainly maximizing your ultimate product.
All residing organisms want oxygen to outlive, and your tea isn’t any exception. For those who’re not getting sufficient oxygen in your brew, then your tea will go anaerobic and you’ll begin brewing the “dangerous” organisms (pathogens akin to e.coli or root feeding nematodes) that will have existed in your unique compost. In case your tea has sufficient oxygen and stays cardio for the whole brew cycle, what you’ll have on the finish would be the good biology that you really want on your crops.
These are the predominant substances I’ve found when making compost tea. I’m continuously shocked by what folks consider after they hear “compost tea.” I’ve heard it described as every thing from “manure in a bucket,” to “boutique fertilizer.” Because the motion in the direction of organics continues, I believe we’ll discover extra consensus on a definition of compost tea and in addition higher public data on the topic. It’s our job to teach others on the potential advantages of organics and compost tea!
By Tad Hussey