Compost tea instead of compost?

paulsiu(5a)May 15, 2011

Last year, I put top-dress about 3 cubic yard of compost into the yard. This year, I did a soil test and it registered 7.4% organic material, which is pretty high.

I had plan to dump another 3 cubic yard of compost, but I wonder if I can do compost tea instead. If I already have a lot of organic material, putting more on top probably won't help that much. Besides, I could probably make compost tea with less than 3 cubic yard of compost.

Where do you buy compost tea equipment by the way? I tried asking my garden store, but they asked why I was making tea from compost to drink...

Paul

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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

The optimal level of soil organic matter ranges from 5 to 8 percent, so at 7.4 you have a good level and not one I would start thinking I needed to stop adding OM yet.
Compost teas can help if the soil is not good and healthy and the plants need a boost, but if the soil is good and healthy and the plants are growing strong and healthy spending your time and energy making compost tea is unnecessary.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 7:24AM
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