Before the onslaught of summer – heat and heavy harvest season that tax the plants and soil. It’s that time of year to give the garden a spring booster shot!
Here on the urban homestead not only is our primary effort to grow our own food – but soil. Number one thing to remember when starting a garden is: healthy soil = healthy plants.
Don’t we all enjoy tea now and again? Guess what the garden and plants do too!
This week, buckets lined up ready to be filled with Farmer J’s concoction of EM that he mixes up and doses the plants and soil in on a weekly basis.
Besides EM-Bokashi tea, Farmer Justin also bucket fertilizes with other liquid concoctions such as
* Worm Castings
* Animal Manure ( from our own backyard barnyard)
* Green Manures / Nettles (read about our recent natural nitrogen brewing efforts with nettle)
Compost tea is an “liquid gold” version of compost. It acts as a very mild, organic liquid fertilizer.
Compost tea can be considered yogurt for the soil.
This concentrated liquid compost extract is teeming with live beneficial microorganisms, and is one of the best way to ‘feed the soil’. Microorganisms are responsible for producing robust plants, more resistant to insect and disease problems and plants and trees that are more productive and able to withstand extremes in temperature and moisture.
Compost tea that is correctly brewed has a wealth of microorganisms that will benefit your plants’ growth and health as well as the soil that they live in.
Steep a shovel full of compost in a 5-gallon (19-liter) bucket for a few days. Pour on plants (dilute for seedlings) and use within the week.
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You can brew your own cheap and potent liquid fertilizer right at home with some compost and a bucket – best of all it saves money on store bought fertilizers (if you have a compost pile – it’s cheap, easy and practically free!)