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Compost tea instead of compost?

Posted by paulsiu IL (My Page) on
Sun, May 15, 11 at 22:40

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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RE: Compost tea instead of compost?

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.


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