What is Compost Tea?
Compost Tea is a liquid produced by extracting soil microbes, from compost, and then multiplying the beneficial microbes using nutrients and oxygen.
Various infusions have been used to promote plant growth over the years. These have been called a number of things, including Compost Tea.
For the purpose of this site, when we refer to Compost Tea, we are referring to Aerated Compost Tea (ACT), sometimes known as Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT). Any references to other forms of plant feed will specify what they are.
The benefits of using of compost tea include:
•Improved plant growth as a result of protecting plant surfaces with beneficial organisms which occupy infection sites and prevent disease-causing organisms from finding the plant
•Improved plant growth as a result of improving nutrient retention in the soil, and therefore reduce fertilizer use, and loss of nutrients into ground- and surface waters
•Improve plant nutrition by increasing nutrient availability in the root system as predator-prey interactions increase plant available nutrients in exactly the right place, time and amounts that the plant needs
•Reduce the negative impacts of chemical-based pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers on beneficial microorganisms in the ecosystem
•Improve uptake of nutrients by increasing foliar uptake as beneficial microorganisms increase the time stomates stay open, while at the same time reducing evaporative loss from the leaf surface
•Reduce water loss, improve water-holding in the soil, and thus reduce water use in your system
•Building better soil structure.
The above paragraph was taken almost verbatim from the Soilfoodweb inc. website which can be found here: CLICK HERE
Why Actively Aerated Compost Tea?
When compost, manure, or plant matter is added to water, microbes within the material become active, and multiply. As they multiply, they use up oxygen. As the oxygen levels drop, conditions begin to favour anaerobic organisms, many of which produce alcohols, which can harm plant tissues. By aerating the solution, we multiply the aerobic microbes, which are the desirable ones.
Who should use Compost Tea?
If you grow plants you should be using compost tea. It is really that simple. Your plants will be healthier, more vigorous, and taste better.
How is Compost Tea Made?
You need a Compost Tea Brewing Kit! In simple terms, good quality compost is put into your Brew Kit. Water is added, then nutrients, and the mix is aerated using the powerful pump and air equipment which is supplied with your Bug Brewer Compost Tea Brewing Kit. The agitation from the air passing through the compost helps to extract the microbes and keeps the oxygen level high. The microbes use the nutrients in the solution and multiply. The mixture is aerated until levels of microbes have reached optimum levels, and then the tea is applied, either as a soil/pot drench, or sprayed onto the leaves of the plants.
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