Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pumpkins Love the Compost Tea

Gave the plants some compost tea today. Will in Colorado Springs was kind enough to give me some worm castings along with a bunch of red wigglers in February and I am using the castings in the compost tea I brew. Compost tea really isn't a fertilizer. It is a build up of bacteria and fungi that can be beneficial to the plant. I change my ingredients in the tea bag regularly but usually it consists of worm castings, molasses, a few leaves, and a bit of compost. At the very end sometimes I add a little Neptune's Fish & Seaweed. I then brew it for about 24-48 hours depending on if I want bacteria or fungi in the water. After brewing I pour it over the leaves of the plants, which helps protect them from disease and I pour it on the ground around the plant. The bacteria and fungi added to the soil will help break down the nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and other minerals in the soil and will put it in a form the plants can readily use.

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