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The Compost Tea Brewing Manual

The Compost Tea Brewing Manual


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How to make compost tea
How to make compost tea

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Published by: Kalibaba on Jan 03, 2013
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How and when do you apply compost tea? It depends on the plant, the soil, the seasonal cycle, and exactly
what it is you want to do. A few examples are given below.

Addition of compost in conjunction with compost tea needs to be considered. Properly made, aerobic
compost contains an amazing amount of nitrogen (16,000 ug N per gram of compost), phosphorus (23,000
ug/g), sulfur, calcium, and micronutrients.

When assessing the need for compost, determine the amount of compost by considering the amount of N
needed to replace the nutrients removed in the crop. The previous crop removed between 50 and 100
pounds of N per acre (residues left in the field). That means 50 to 100 pounds on N must be replaced in the


soil. Aerobic compost has a C:N of 20:1 and thus 2 tons up to 4 tons of compost should be adequate to
replace the N, P, K, etc. removed in the crop. Paying attention to just nitrate or ammonium is not going to
tell you what N will become available from the organic matter and the organisms also added in the
compost. These count as sources of N, if you have adequate biology present. Compost tea will also
contribute N, P,K, etc, but not usually enough to do more than give a foliar “shot-in-the-arm”.

Figure 7. Asparagus grown with an autumn application of compost (1 ton/HA) and three monthly
applications compost tea through the spring growing period. No weeds to speak of were present in the
organic area while asparagus could barely be seen for the weeds in the conventional field. The asparagus
was on average 5.5 to 6 foot tall in the organic filed, and only 4 to 4.5 feet high in the conventional field.
The yield in the organic treatment was double as compared to the conventional asparagus. Richard Prew,
Cambridge, New Zealand.

Organic, with tea

Few weeds, taller plants, no bare ground

Organic, with compost tea

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