Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Making Compost Tea

Here's one method:




Here's another video on the value of compost tea. Giant freaky awesome veggies!


Last fall, I filled a trashcan with pulled weeds, leaves, some chicken manure, straw and a bit of dirt... filled it the rest of the way up with water, then let it rot for a while. I then dipped into that water and fed my plants in the greenhouse throughout the winter. They did quite well, though the smell... my gosh... it was amazing. (I think I need to market it: Dave's Fetid Swamp Water (TM)).

Incidentally, you're supposed to keep air in the mix in order to encourage the friendly and less dangerous aerobic bacteria - but hey, who can fault a guy for sending a little love over to the anaerobic side once in a while? Watching these videos made me start a new batch... and it stinks already. This time I threw in some yogurt, kefir, sugar, urine, compost, leftover water from cooking beans and mustard greens, ashes and a bit of epsom salts. YUM!


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2 Comments:

At December 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

OK, I'm sold. Double-digging and compost tea. These are my projects for 2013.

I mean, I would be happy if my veggies are even 1/3 the size of his. I could feed a whole village on 1 acre.

 
At December 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM , Blogger Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

And don't forget - good old fashioned piss is a great fertilizer all by itself.

And you're right... I can't believe the results that fellow is getting. Almost miraculous.

The strawberries (which I've been feeding with a variety of things, including compost tea, urine and pot liquor) are looking amazing right now. And producing berries - which is freaking me out, considering the season.

 

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