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Preparation of "compost tea" - extract to enrich the soil

How to produce an excellent compost extract that will enrich the soil with nutrients and contribute to the growth of healthy and quick cannabis

By: Idit Lev-Ran

One of the ways to make nutritious potions available for our herbalists is the Compost Tea - a unique and rich extract to improve the quality of the soil. There are a variety of flavors (nettle, Moringa, Comfrey) that can be formulated as well as a number of aerobic and anaerobic methods. This guide focuses on tea and aerobic compost.

Why do we even want compost tea? Because it increases the plant's resistance to pests and diseases, improves the taste and quality of vegetables and fruits, increases the yield and yield of flowers and vegetables and increases the ability to maintain water in the soil.

The successful recipe before us is shared by Itai Hauben (the famous and famous) in the 1 Food Forest Course. The method includes extracting nutrients and beneficial microorganisms from high quality compost and hummus, adding rich ingredients, sugars and "activating" them with oxygen, which turns your potion into a super available, especially on the leaves, what is called "foliage spray".

Plants can also absorb nutrients through the leaves, a particularly important advantage when your soil is too acidic or too basic and prevents the availability of some minerals.

Before preparation

Take into account that you will need to use the next day, otherwise the tea loses its effectiveness, so plan your time wisely. The ingredients listed below are for 18-20 L, which will give us 180-200 liters after dilution. I point out that for those who do not have a large vegetable garden under their maintenance, one can reduce the quantities or organize several members together and divide.

Ingredients needed

  • This pump is enough for about 20 liters
    This pump is enough for about 20 liters

    3 / 4 bucket filled with water Which have been put at least 24 for hours to feed chlorine, chlorine kills both good and bad microorganisms. If you have an air pump you can let it work for at least 20 minutes, it should do the job.
  • A pint of molasses (Agricultural, not for food that costs much more) or a bag of brown sugar and sticky dumerra dissolved in hot water and cooled.
  • 1 kg homose worms Completely ripe.
  • Air pump Reasonable with a large stone.

Possible additions:

  • Tablespoon algae flour (If you forget the sporulina you bought when you thought you would persist in eating it, it's time to put)
  • A tablespoon of basalt powder - Gee, there's such a thing and it's not electrical powder ...
  • Preparation of tea

    Mix the water with dissolved molasses / sugar.

    Take cloth in the style of diaper cloth - I used a used fabric but clean cloth. You can also not use a cloth and simply filter the tea before pouring into the spray.

    Place the humus, algae flour and basalt powder in the center of the cloth (if you do not find basalt powder, do not worry).

    Tied so that he could not escape anything from the "dementia." Put the tea in the bucket and tie to the handle.

    The compost is cooked in a bucket
    The compost is cooked in a bucket

    Run the pump for 12-24 hours, depending on the amount you prepared, the outside temperature and the power of the pump while the mixture is slightly frothing, so you should put something under the bucket, say its lid ...

    Our tea should be sweet and sweet throughout the process and at the end.

    After 12-24 hours

    From the moment you stop the pump, the race against time begins. The potion suddenly ceases to be rich in oxygen and the microorganisms settle down. I got a cooler tip than funding (man and bacterium, EM Israel) to try and add active EM (soil-enhancing bacteria) to keep the mixture vibrant and happy.

    The amount of 18 per liter will be caked as 360 EM active (approximately 2% of the total liquid obtained). In the opinion of American colleagues, tea can be kept for several weeks without losing important values.

    After adding the active EM, dilute the tea with 1: 10 (a liter of tea per 10 of water). Again, it is highly recommended to use water without chlorine to achieve maximum results. Put in a marshes and take every vegetable, bush and tree you wish to visit.

    Other benefits of active compost tea:

    • Increases plant resistance to pests and diseases
    • Improves the taste and quality of vegetables and fruits
    • Increases yield and yield in flowers and vegetables
    • Increases the ability to maintain water in the soil

    Watch Itai Hauben explains about making the compost tea:

    And here's a video by Shai Shahal, the legendary permaculture instructor, in the course last year, explaining in a video how to make compost tea. A slightly different way to achieve the same result:

    Originally posted on the site "In Your Hands" - where you can find a wide range of articles on agriculture, sustainability and the environment, do-it-yourself guides and more.

    Members wishing to expand their horizons on compost are also invited to browse the site compost junkie.

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