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Make Your Own Compost Tea!

If you’re into organic gardening like me, you’ve probably heard or are already using compost tea. I’ve never used it, but I’m about to get started — you’ll learn more about it in this post.

Compost tea is essentially water infused with compost. It has all the beneficial microorganisms and nutrients of compost, but in liquid form, which may be more convenient to apply.

Traditionally, compost tea was just water steeped in compost for a few days. This seemed to work well for gardeners and farmers of old.

Nowadays, though, that way is not recommended. Apparently you can get a lot of non-aerobic microorganisms that way — microorganisms that may not be good for your plants after all. The new, and presumably better, way to make compost tea is to aerate it. While the compost is steeping in the water, the water is being aerated. The aeration and agitation of the water makes the beneficial microorganisms detach from the soil part of the compost to mix in with the water. Afterwards, you apply the compost tea either as a foliar spray or a soil drench.

As you can imagine, you need special equipment to create aerated compost tea. If you Google it, you’ll find dozens of detailed instructions for making your own compost tea brewer.

But some people prefer to get the whole kit and kaboodle and forego with the guesswork. Those people include me. So I approached Titan Controls to let me review their compost tea brewer, the Flo-n-Brew compost tea brewer. They agreed to give me a complimentary compost tea brewing system to review on my blog. I received my Flo-n-Brew recently. Here’s what I got:Continue reading

Bokashi Composting Myths and Misconceptions

Update: I made a video based on this post. Let me know what you think in the comments.

I am a huge fan of Bokashi composting.

However, there’s too much hype about Bokashi composting. These misconceptions lead to people getting disappointed or, worse, believing they’ve failed at Bokashi composting.

In this post, I’d like to set some things straight about Bokashi. Below are some of the common myths and misconceptions about Bokashi composting — and the truth you should know.

Myth: Bokashi composting doesn’t smell.

Truth: Bokashi composting smells like fermented food.

Bokashi composting is a process of fermentation and not putrefaction or rotting, which is what takes place in traditional composting.

With Bokashi, you will not or should not have a smell of rotting food. But it does have a smell. It’s the smell of fermentation. It’s a slightly sweet, slightly sour smell. Think beer, cheese, and kimchi — all foods produced through fermentation.Continue reading

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