• Compost Tea

    Aerated Compost Tea

    What is Aerated Compost Tea?

    Aerated Compost Tea is an aerated water extract of top quality compost with high numbers of beneficial organisms.

    It is NOT just dirty water, and it is NOT a drink meant for human consumption.

    Why use compost tea?
    Healthy soil is full of life, with bacteria, fungi, and other useful microbes keeping balance and recycling organic matter. This biodiversity in the soil is directly linked to beautiful healthy plants. When soil has been depleted of these organisms, it cannot provide the nutrients that plants need for optimal health. Compost tea is neither a fertilizer nor a pesticide, but can help restore, increase or maintain microbial biodiversity, eliminating the need for pesticides and chemical fertilizers, helping you achieve a healthy, safe and beautiful garden or yard.

    Where and when would you use it?

    Compost tea is used as a soil drench and also a foliar spray to restore, improve, or maintain plant health. Depending on the condition of the area, you may choose to apply weekly, monthly, or seasonally. The microbes are sensitive to heat and sunlight so they are best applied when it’s neither too hot nor too cold and in the morning or evening when it’s not too bright.

    Using compost tea is a great solution;

    • if large amounts of good compost are not available
    • sprayed onto soil to increase microbial activity
    • sprayed onto foliage to increase disease resistance
    • to help transition to organic land care practices

    Quality is critical!

    Transitioning to organic practices…

    If you are using pesticides and/or chemical fertilizers – STOP! You are hurting the biodiversity in your soil and poisoning your environment.

    Making the switch to organic land care practices is NOT simply trading your chemical fertilizers for organic fertilizers or seeking “less toxic alternatives” to pesticides, even though this is a great first step. Organic land care is about supporting the entire ecosystem, and that means meeting the needs of the soil, plants and animals as well as the people. Every yard will experience the transition differently, including the time it will take. There are other factors that that may need to be addressed while making the switch, such as soil compaction, plant placement, lack or excess of water, nutrient imbalances etc. If there are no signs of improvement after a reasonable time frame (1 to 2 years depending), a supportive organic land care professional should be consulted.

    How do I get some of that tea?

    Visit www.soilfoodweb.com and www.organiclandcare.org to learn more about compost tea, organic land care, and even how to make your own brew, contact us.

     

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2 Responsesso far.

  1. admin says:

    Very useful article – great to know there are simple alternatives to herbicides and pesticides

  2. David Plentin says:

    Very informative thanks Driftwood Landscaping.

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