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tumbleweed posted a post in a topic,Not looking bad...
tumbleweed posted a post in a topic,The 3 largest got moved to 17g tubs, moved the other 2 in 5g to the same area. Now under a pair of Lush Dominator 2x. Some cuttings also taken, dipped in Clonex and put into RR cubes under a dome to root.
popeye! posted a post in a topic,Alright time to talk about Compost Teas!
So first we will start out with my personal method of brewing a good quality compost tea.
I use a 720 GPH (gallons per hour) air pump, getting good amount of air in your compost tea is important to multiplying microbial populations without causing a anerobic environment!
6 inch round airstone placed in the bottom of the bottom and cleaned after every tea!
5 gallon bucket of water with no chlorine or chlorimites so do not use city water this is important you want to use either distilled water, well water without chlorine or spring water to have the best compost tea, chlorine's in water will kill the microbial life you are trying to grow in your compost tea and we want that microbial life to live and thrive!
I use a mesh produce bag easily found at any Fred Myers for only a few dollars works great and it's cheap!
Ok down to the recipe now that you know what all you need to get started!
I used 5 gallons of non chlorinated water
2 Cups of high quality compost or worm castings or 1 cup of each
1/4-1/2 cup of molasses I usually use 1/3 cup molasses and you want to use black strap molasses because you want unsulphered molasses with no preservatives in it!
And then simply brew for 24-36 hours
I then dilute at 4:1 or 3:1 (4 parts water to 1 part compost tea) I like to add my compost tea first then add water so if you use a resivour then add your finished compost tea at the dilution rate recommended and then fill with water so it all mixes together nicely! If you have a small garden like myself you can use a 2 gallon sprayer you can find at any big store with a garden section. In the sprayer I add the compost tea then add the water and shake it a little bit before applying!
Pictured below is a proper example of a finished compost tea at 36 hours brew time! You can see the beautiful color in the tea and it doesn't smell bad at all!
Next I'll cover some basic benifits of using compost teas but for more information on compost teas check out http://www.microbeorganics.com
When brewing a compost tea basically what your doing is massively multiplying microbes found in quality compost or worm castings! The molasses works as a food source for the microbial life increasing the population rapidly!
When growing organically the microbial life is your friend and you want healthy populations in your soil to help break down organic nutrients/ matter in the soil and make it plant available as well as aiding the cycle of life in the soil food web! Compost teas can also help with fungal life in your soils which is great for helping with water retention and overall plant and soil health!
I usually apply this tea once a week or once every 2 weeks
Thanks for reading hope this perks some people's Interest and if it does definitely check out the microbes organics page. Let me know if you have any questions?
tumbleweed posted a post in a topic,So, for the buckets, I am doing (till transplant some of them to larger ones) and have done start to end, just basic anywhere 5g bucket with a lid, small basket to hold the plant within the lid, airstone in the bottom, then water with some basic nutes
if you don't have temperature problems it's way easy and simple, plus low maintenance
NOTE; extra air should not hurt anything, especially if keep bubbles small (factor of the airstone and pressure applied), but not enough air in the medium is a bad thing. that can cause things to rot
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