First, the reason behind compost tea is that we want to grow nutritious vegetables and fruit. Therefore we want our compost tea to be full of valuable trace minerals.
Stir your compost tea one final time, then dip it out and pour it through a strainer into another container. You want remove the solids from your tea so you don’t clog up your spray equipment.
You can use a nylon stocking, a cheesecloth, or an old sock for a strainer. One suggestion is to put a nylon stocking over a large sieve, and pour through this.
I personally use a 100 mesh stainless steel screen, which is so handy!
When using compost tea, if the compost you used to brew your tea is made from non-manure sources, you really can’t put on too much.
If you are using a compost high in nitrogen, like composted manure, then your tea will be high in nitrogen.
In this case, if you put on too much tea, you can burn your plants, and over-boost the nitrogen in your soil, so be careful.
Mornings or evenings are best. For foliar applications, apply your compost tea in the morning while the temperature is below 80 degrees.
The plant’s stomata, which are tiny openings in the leaves, can take in the nutrients.
However, stomata start to close when the temperature reaches 80 degrees, and fully close at 85 degrees.
This is the plant’s way to keep from losing moisture.
The stomata are primarily on the underside of the leaves, so spray both under and on top of leaves.
Wind can dry your tea before your plant can take it in, so it’s best to spray when it isn’t too windy.
Don’t spray on the leaves in the evening. The sun will dry up the leaves from morning applications, but with evening applications the leaves can stay wet too long, which is an open door to fungus.
You can use your compost tea full strength on plants that are sickly or not growing well.
Otherwise, it usually works well to dilute your tea half and half with de-chlorinated water (you can de-chlorinate your water by letting it sit in an open container for a day).
To apply, you can use a spray bottle, a pump up sprayer, or a watering can. Here are four suggested uses:
Compost tea applications can be made as often as you like, preferably every week or two.
Consider applying this wonderful soil conditioner to enhance the effects of your compost tea.
Use your compost tea within 2 hours after turning off the air pump, or the microbial population will begin to go dormant or die from not having enough oxygen. The bacteria also start to die when they exhaust their food source.
To keep your tea healthy for a fourth day, stir in 2 more tablespoons of molasses, and run your bubbler.
After removing your tea, your compost remnants can be used as a mulch in your garden.
Using compost tea supplies a garden with a great source of biologicals and nutrients, especially when you add in some sea minerals.
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