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How to make and use compost tea and compost extracts

How to make and use compost tea and compost extracts

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    • Compost tea is a water-based liquid preparation.
    • It is made by infusing aerated water withcompost and nutrients...
    • ...to extract and grow beneficial microbes.
    • Compost tea inoculates soils with a diversearray of beneficial microbes, increasing plantvitality.
    • Water must be thoroughly aeratedbeforehand to remove chlorine, andthroughout the brewing process, toprevent the growth of pathogenicanaerobic organisms.
    • For small batches, five-gallon buckets withaquarium aerators work fine.
    • Commercialbrewers are alsoavailable in manysizes.
    • A mesh or cheesecloth screen allows water tomix with the compost without introducinglarge particles to the tea.
    • One example“recipe” isone pound ofcompost(plus nutrients,such as molassesand humates)in five gallons ofwater,brewed for 24hours.
    • Compost tea should be used immediatelyafter brewing. It can be applied as a plant orsoil spray, or as a soil drench.
    • If used as a spray, it should be well strained toavoid clogging the sprayer.
    • Compost extracts are made by passing waterthrough compost. They have a longer shelflife than compost teas, but a lowerconcentration of beneficial microorganisms.