Compost Tea Application
“Compost tea” is an organic liquid solution derived from compost. After a foliar application it improves the health and productivity of plants.
- Organic and sustainable
- Promotes disease resistance and higher yields
- Deeper root penetration/drought tolerance
- Applicable to annuals and perennials
- Restores microbial diversity
The process of producing this fertile brew entails collecting healthy organic compost and worm castings. This mixture is then added to non-chlorinated water combined with humic acid, beneficial bacteria, photosynthetic cultures, and un-sulfured molasses. Once all the ingredients are together, the solution is aerated for 24 hours with an air pump. The microorganisms in the compost and worm castings feed off the molasses and proliferate under the ideal aerobic conditions. The tea is then sprayed via backpack sprayer onto the chosen plants. When finished, one tablespoon can contain millions of helpful microbes, which often are deficient in unhealthy soil.
Compost tea is a rare product and cannot be found in gardening stores, for it has a shelf life of only 4 hours. Harvard University now relies on compost tea applications to keep their plants and lawns in pristine condition. Many organic landscapers and farmers use compost tea to restore a microbial biodiversity of beneficial bacteria, fungi, and protozoa back into the soil.