Compost tea

 

Yes it stinks! But for farmers, beginners and old timers alike, there is no sweeter smell than the aroma of manure being applied and added to the soil to bring out the very best of the garden. Adding manure to the garden will help build the soils carbon compounds that is important in the buildup of the soil structure. A soil rich in organic compounds will give the gardener a healthy, big, and bountiful crops that will make every gardener proud.

Here are 5 Tips On How Manure Can Greatly Help Your Garden

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1. What kind is best to use?

There are many different kinds of animal manure that is good for the soil. Horses, cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, and chicken manure are all tried and proven tested that when applied will bring out the best in the soil. Never use pigs, cats, dogs, and human manure in your garden because the parasites and diseases that are in these types of manure can easily transfer to humans.

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There are many ways to use tea bags in our garden. Here are 10 of them.

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1. Food for Your Garden

Watering your plants with re-brewed used tea bags can protect the plants from fungal infections. By opening the tea bag, you can also sprinkle the damp leaves around the plants base to fertilize the soil. Schedule occasional tea time for your acid-loving house plants. You can also work wet tea leaves into the soil around the plants to give them lush and luxuriant look.

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brews for garden plants

There are a lot of fertilizers and soil additives that you can buy commercially. They can be helpful in your garden’s production but some can also be dangerous to your plants, to your health, to your family’s health, and to animals.

You can boost your garden’s productivity without using any of these fertilizers and soil additives; you can use your kitchen scraps or waste from Mother Nature. Using these can help your plants bloom and grow.

Here are 7 recipes that you can easily and cheaply make and that are helpful in your garden.

Boiled Eggs Water

After boiling eggs, do not throw the water that you used. Allow the water to cool down before using it in your garden. When you boil eggs there will be traces of calcium that will be left behind in the water.

Boiled Vegetable Water

Do not throw the water that you used in boiling your vegetables. When the water is already cool, you can now pour it into your garden soil, around your plants. When you boil your vegetables, there are nutrients that will be left in the water.

Compost Tea

Compost tea is easy to make. All you need is a shovelful of compost, place it in a bucket. Fill the bucket with water and let it sit for 3 to 7 days. Compost tea is also rich in nutrients.

Garden Scraps

Collect garden scraps such as grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and dead flower heads. Place them in a bucket or container, fill the container with water and allow it to steep for a week or so. Make sure to cover the container. After that, strain and use the water in your garden. Add the garden scraps in your compost pile.

You can also combine your garden scraps and kitchen scraps.

Kitchen Scraps

Place your vegetable peelings in a bucket and then fill it with boiling water. Let it sit overnight up to two days. After that, strain and use the water to your plants. Do not use your meat or dairy kitchen scraps.

Manure Tea

Scoop a shovelful of well-rotted manure and put it in a 5-gallon bucket. Fill the bucket with water, and then let it sit overnight. Apply the solution directly into your garden soil. Make sure that it will not come in contact with the leaves or stems of your plants. Apply manure every 2 to 3 weeks.

Seaweeds or Kelp

You can collect seaweeds from the beach, you’re lucky if you live near a beach or an ocean. Collect seaweeds that are near cold-water only, rinse them well so that the salt will be removed and then put them in a barrel or any container. Fill the container with water and then cover it with a lid. Let it brew for 2 months.

Dilute with water and make a spray. Spray it to your plants to speed up the production of fruit and flower.

Why do you have to buy inorganic and unsafe fertilizers commercially, when you can make your own brews? Homemade brews are very helpful to your garden’s production and they are also completely safe to use.

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A lot of gardeners out there plant herbs because it is nutritious and healthy. Herbs can be used for medicinal purposes and for cooking and making tea, which we often do. But did you know that, you can make tea for your seedlings and garden plants as well? It is called ‘Compost Tea’.

What is compost tea?

Compost tea is a kind of natural fertilizer that helps stop fungal plant diseases from spreading throughout your garden, which makes it one of the best and effective natural fertilizers for seedlings and garden plants.

Your plants often benefit from an infusion made from your compost pile steeped with water. Using compost tea is also beneficial to your plants because it provides nutrients and beneficial microorganisms. You can apply compost tea either to the soil or to the leaves of your plants.

Mixing compost with your garden soil is very beneficial, but using compost tea is even better. When you soak your compost in water for a week, the beneficial microorganisms multiplies. Applying compost tea to your soil will build the living community of beneficial organisms that can help your plants grow healthy.

Make It

Making compost tea is easy and fun and you don’t have to use any special equipment. Here are is a very informative video on how to make compost tea and how to apply. There are also some really useful info shared in the video about the importance of using compost, compost tea and mulch in an organic garden.

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