Enhance flavor and yields by applying a compost tea during the bloom cycle
Adding a compost tea to your living soil recharges it with fresh microorganisms. These microbes decompose the organic matter in your container for food, making it easier for your plants to uptake nutrients.
Some other benefits of compost tea application include: enhancing your plant's health by suppressing pathogens and disease, working synergistically with biological pest controls, and increasing your soil's ability to hold water.
Our bloom tea recipe is an AACT (Actively Aerated Compost Tea). In this video, Tommy will show you the equipment you'll need to brew your own tea. For information on building your own brewing system, read our Worm Compost Tea Workshop .
When it comes to application of your tea, you have two options: foliar feeding or root drenching. Application by foliar feeding will repel pathogens living on your plant's leaves. Root drenching enhances the synergistic relationship between the plant's root system and the microorganisms in your living soil.
Always use your tea within 24-30 hours after the tea was made and started bubbling. During this time your tea will have maximum microbial life. A good foam on top of your tea is a sign that your microbes are active.
Compost teas are a great addition to your soil container, but don't overdo the application rate. Use once every 2 weeks during the bloom cycle.
A fun and entertaining look at making a simple compost tea using Vermicompost for compost, Unsulfured Blackstrap Molasses for sugars along with Alfalfa Meal, Fish&Kelp and Guanos. Be sure to watch all the way to the end for the Blooper Reel! For additional information or for a postcard with tea recipes please email Tommy@detroitnutrientcompany.com and check out Detroit Nutrient Company on Instagram or Great Lakes Water Only on Facebook