Does anyone have good resources on making compost tea? A generic formula to start with? How much compost, how much water, how long to aerate, rate of application? Thanks!
Thanks Darren this is great, I appreciate having a basic recipe to disseminate. I will send it to DK, who contacted me requesting some basic information as you have provided. Below are other resources I found on compost tea I sent to her:My typical formula for a general use compost tea is
Per 5 gallons of de-chlorinated water:
-1/2 pound quality active compost
-2 Tbls Molasses
-2 Tbls Liquid Seaweed
-2 teaspoons Fish emulsion
Brew for 24-48 hours, use air stones to make smallest bubbles possible for more surface area, and use the tea within 4 hours for best results. If it smells bad, don't use it.
As far as rate of application, depends on what you are trying to accomplish, foliar spray, soil drench, new compost starting inoculation etc.
You can brew more specific microbes with numerous types of feed specific formulas, but this formula worked well for general use.
Dr. Elaine Ingham and the resources she offers are a good starting point.
Thinking about this... and the main issue that comes to mind is pathogens. Fully composted material has been, if temperature and aeration is maintained, brought to temps to eliminate pathogens. I am not sure the process of using the feedstocks you mention and making a tea would ensure this. If you use this method, I would be careful to use the tea on non-edible plants or as a soil drench.In absence of good compost, would it be feasible to use partially aged bedding pack consisting of corn stalks, waste grass/alfalfa hay, millet hay and sheep manure to make an extract or tea to apply to seed?