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Compost Tea: A Easy Method That Works For All

Monday 20th August 2018

Photo by Neslihan Gunaydin on Unsplash
Photo by Neslihan Gunaydin on Unsplash

All farmers or growers seek to produce more significant yields of better quality in their harvests. With most focused on the use of synthetic fertilisers to improve their returns, but the truth is, Super Charged Compost Tea is much more efficient and convenient.

Composting is nature’s way of recycling. It involves the use of essential household and yard organic waste and transforming it into organic fertiliser for your crops. Composting therefore unlike synthetic fertilisers does not only help to reduce the amount of garbage you take to the landfill but also helps to create a nutrient-rich, organic additive to your farm.

What’s more, new technology in line with composting has been introduced, and aptly named supercharged compost tea. Compost tea is the liquid fertiliser that is biologically brewed and provides crops with abundant nutrients and immune-boosting ecology. It’s prepared almost the same way as compost pit fertiliser. However, compost tea is done in a tank or a big gallon and obtained in liquid form. Compost tea can be poured directly on plant leaves and roots to increase microbial in the growing medium. For this reason, compost tea is hugely recommended for use on cannabis and vegetables since the microorganisms’ present, work synthetically with the leaf surfaces and root systems to optimise nutrient uptake thus boosting plant health.

There are many different compost tea recipes available, that can be tailored to provide solutions to specific nutrient requirements or health issues. There are also particular recipes for different phases of plant growth; these include grow, foliar and bloom recipes.

Balanced Compost Tea Recipe

1.5 pounds of balanced compost (equal parts bacterial to fungal biomass) 1.6 ounces of humic acids 1 ounce of liquid kelp* 1 ounce of soluble non-sulphured black-strap molasses

*We've specified liquid kelp here, however, sometimes we like to add a tablespoon of kelp meal as well to provide surfaces for the fungi to attach too.

The black-strap molasses is excellent because it naturally contains some beneficial minerals (e.g. potassium) that feed your microbes and soil.

Bacterial-Dominated Compost Tea Recipe

1.5 pounds of bacterial-dominated compost 2 ounces of cane sugar 1 ounce of soluble kelp

Bacteria love simple sugars, so feel free to add a teaspoon of maple syrup, or even white sugar.

Fungal-Dominated Compost Tea Recipe

2 pounds of fungal-dominated compost 2 ounces humic acids 2 teaspoons of yucca extract* 1 ounce of liquid kelp 2 tablespoons of ground oatmeal

*We like to add yucca extract near the end of the brewing process since it has a tendency to create a lot of foam. Also, you'll want to make sure your yucca doesn't have any preservatives but does have a high saponin content.

Reasons why you should use compost on your crops/harvest

  • Improves Soil Quality - Composting is known to introduce beneficial micro-organisms into the soil. This diverse groups of fungi, bacteria, and protozoa assist in breaking down organic matter into humus. Additionally, these microorganisms help to aerate the medium and to ward off plant diseases. Like mulch, compost also prevents moisture from escaping while still allowing the excess moisture to drain away.
  • Improves Soil Structure - Soil structure deals with the way in which inorganic particles combine with organic matter or particles such as compost. A particular type soil is said to have a healthy structure if it is crumbly to the touch and facilitates room for water and air. For instance, the hard and clay-like soil is considered to be of a weak structure. It is carefully packed, and this will prove challenging for young roots to spread and obtain essential nutrient they require for growth. Adding compost will introduce beneficial microorganisms that will help to aerate such soil. Additionally, humus protein present in compost binds to soil particles together which improves its ability to hold nutrients and moisture.
  • Reduce Greenhouse Gases - When household organic wastes decay in the landfills, they do not decompose efficiently, and this causes the production of methane gas and leachate. Less garbage in the landfills means less production of such gases that lead to the greenhouse effect.
  • Compost Saves You Money - Composting will help you save money in several ways. First, compost serves as mulch thus reducing the cost of watering your plants regularly. Secondly, it’s prepared from readily available organic waste materials and lastly microorganisms present in compost help to ward off plant diseases thus reducing the need for expensive chemicals.

If you wish to buy compost kits for your composting, we would highly recommend Sunwood Life Bokashi Compost Kit. Its affordable and comes as a complete package for your convenience.

Finally, one last note. If you're compost/medium contains mulch based produce or is of a high sugar, then remember always keep an active eye on the Nitrogen levels, as both the sugars and the mulch will consume your Nitrogen. Always try to keep balanced based medium fro your grow.