Compost Tea is a liquid solution or suspension made by steeping compost in water.
There are five major types of teas… aerobic, compost leachate, manure tea. Each
type is made differently, but they are all brewed to be introduced to soils in order
to create/increase soil biology.
Compost Tea: An extract of compost where the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and beneficial
nematodes are increased in numbers using nutrients and oxygen provided the composting
material you use. It is oxygenated tea made from compost. Care must be taken as to
what you put into your compost mix. Meat scraps, animal waste and many other things
can quickly bring about harmful bacteria such as E-coli. It has little in the way
of nutrients. Don't try to make compost tea without the aeration equipment. If the
tea is not aerated constantly, the organisms in it will quickly use up the oxygen.
At this point will start to stink and become anaerobic. Anaerobic tea can harm your
plants. Anaerobic "tea" will produce methane, alcohol and can permit the growth
of E-coli and other adverse pathogens. Use brewed tea within a short time after taking
it from areation.
Composte leachate: It is the collection of water that runs through a compost pile.
It is usually low in biolgy but hs higher levels of nutrients. You need to be careful
in that it can be anaerobic with many harmful bacterias in it. Not recommended for
Manure Tea: This is the liquid from a manure pile. It can usable levels of nutrients
such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium but it can also contain high levels of
harmful bacteria. It often contains high numbers of root feeding nematodes. Not recommended
The compost you are working from will generate a number of beneficial bacteria that
are very useful in building soil, if you keep a healthy level of organic material
in your soil, controlling many pathogens and diseases. Very time you brew a batch
you will get some differences in the biology because of variations in what you use
To further enhance the effectiveness of you tea you need to increase the type and
number of beneficial soil biology. This can be done by using aCompost Tea Starter/Enhancer.
A Starter/Enhancer, when used at the very beginning of the brewing process, should
a number of strains of beneficial soil biology to give you a complex mix of biology,
both bacillus and fungi, well beyond that normally found in freshly brewed tea. The
Starter/Enhancer should provide the food necessary to keep the biology alive and
active until it can colonize the new mix.
An additional dose of Starter/Enhancer during brewing will reinforce the biology
that has already started.
What Compost Tea Starter/Enhancer can do all of this, and at the same time, be 100%
Turf and Garden Pro! Turf and Garden Proliquid is natural Humate products that
contain a large number of naturally occurring bacillus; including one that is a natural
nitrogen fixing agent. Turf and Garden Pro also has a number of antibacterial fungi
that fight pathogens and work with your plant roots to extend their ability to gather
food and water. Turf and Garden Pro as a Compost Tea Starter/Enhancer produces plants
that are stronger and more resistant to pests and disease while making them more
temperature and drought tolerant.
Pre-activation - 1.0 ounces (2 tablespoons) of Turf and Garden Pro liquid per 5 gallons
of Tea Brewed.
During Brewing – 4.0 ounces (1/2 cup) of Turf and Garden Pro liquid per 5 gallons
of Tea Brewed.