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I never said compost is bad. If you enjoy this blog and are looking for someone to write content for you or your company, contact us at [email protected] This last step is a waste of time. Besides most of the tea will soak into soil as soon as it comes in contact with it. Several valid arguments up in here on this I like it! However you ask for evidence of the benefits of compost tea. I found it difficult to find a study that didn’t show some positive benefit of compost tea use, especially in terms of disease suppression. I think most evidence in this field of application is still anecdotal but in contrast to it’s use in the field or in organic farming the concept how the benefits come to be are quite logic and reasonable. If you are constantly adding to soil that is already full of microbes, fungi, minerals, etc it is likely you are actually damaging nature and contributing to runoff just like the ‘green revolution’ of the past. But…. So – what is your point?? So the inoculation occurs precisely in the moment of a management change that should help that micro-organisms thrive. Yes tea is more complicated but I enjoy the learning/experimenting process. Given that green tea can boost the metabolic rate in the short term, it makes sense that it could help you lose weight. -bat guano this is really no different than making compost tea without air. . Top dressing is always optimal if you have bed space. The NPK isnt going to change from original ingredients. I bring back plants from the dead with a simple tea so something good is going on. We can also determine fungal/bacterial ratios with a great degree of accuracy. Lastly, while normal gardening soil might not need added microbes, indoor container gardens benefit from them, since the potting mixes used might not contain microbes. Rather, compost teas are meant to increase nutrient availability from the interaction of the microbes and soil roots. They measure fungal hyphae and rely on their experience, but with all due respect, they don’t truly know what they are looking at. -1 tablespoon kelp meal Bokashi is a lacto fermentation process. Most of the nutrients just fall to the ground, and if absorbed, some of the nutrients, like calcium, stay in the leaves and are not transported around the plant. While normal compost would solve this issue, not everyone composts – commercially bought compost tea mixes can help. This takes years once the organic matter is in the soil. While the author states that soils are already full of microbes, many soils suffer from severe disruption of their microbial communities due to tillage, compaction, removal of crop residues, pesticides, and yes, even careless fertilizer use. It is certainly not easier for the home gardener who is doing this by hand. Most work looks at benefits of the tea alone. However, the observed impacts depend largely on the techniques used to address the dynamics of soil microbial communities. The true merit of biological products cannot be gleaned visually. Here’s our process. Direct compost doesn’t benefit the microflora? So by growing in the aerobic environment you are setting up the environment to favor the microbes you desire. Bacteria or fungi – does not really matter. Probably not since a compost pile already has lots of microbes. A better way is to just drop the weeds in the garden and let them decompose there. For gardening, these references do not support the call for using teas. I completely disagree with nearly every point you’ve made. Apples and oranges. But you are totally off when it comes to everything else, you are refrencing physics but you have aparently no knowledge of actual soil science, of which you are trying to represent with this article.. You say “it focuses on creating and sustaining the highest quality soil as opposed to blindly, and inanely, adding nutrients that your plants won’t be able to directly consume”. “Microbial inoculation may cause tremendous changes in the number and composition of the taxonomic groups. Nom nom If you are not using a cover crop I would suggest a nitrogen fixing plant such as clover,(local preferred!! If the soil environment supports their growth – they are already there and you don’t need to add more. There is Truth in the argument of not “adding nutrients” to your compost tea by brewing it. You might not believe compost tea adds nutrients, but that is a benefit believed by many–just see the quote at the beginning of the post! Would they not be exactly the same? A lot of the articles found are not peer reviewed, test for very special cases, don’t do field studies etc. If conditions were suitable for them to multiply, the native microbes would have already done that before you even started making the tea. It is quite possible that some people know what they are doing while many do not. Try to choose a higher quality brand of green tea, because some of the lower quality brands can contain excessive amounts of fluoride (3). I have followed your writings for quite some time, both in books and magazines. In a pot you may not have room to topdress anymore compost so by making a compost tea you can get some of the benefits of compost without increasing planter/pot volume. What I find lacking is a good comparison between using the tea and the compost. I have been able to achieve comparable results with repeated applications of compost tea to the soil using all store bought ingredients–no specific sources of iron included. I’m just trying to figure out how to make my grass grow better and to break down my extremely high clay based soil. Most soil microbes have not been identified – so why do you think a gardener could do this using a microscope? From an industrial point of view, compost tea is a waste of time and a non value added step. Fourth, By the way, you don’t need a “sophisticated lab” to do testing on compost tea. I can spread 1 wheelbarrow of compost much faster than 11 of liquid tea. It doesn’t contain as much as coffee, but enough to produce a response without causing the jittery effects associated with taking in too much caffeine. Where have you published this ‘concrete data”? You should go and read the book “Teeming with Microbes” and inform your opinions before you attempt to inform others…. After reading all the responses and people’s scientific theories, all that can be said is more research is needed. In my opinion its a surefire way to ensure a sustainable amount of the beneficial microbial life needed in my pots. The claim that any company knows the strains in soil is ridiculous. 4. This means that the tea has 11 times the bulk and weight of the compost alone. A recent study I will write about soon showed that there was no increase in fungi during the brewing process. When you make any kind of compost tea it should be to increase the microbe and fungi population and activity in the soil which ultimately provides essential nutrients for the plants. The fact is that the basic arguments I made don’t change with the method used to brew the tea. The point of the article is that it is not worth making tea as a separate process – just use the compost. You fairly gave tea its props while pointing out the snake oil salesman overkill sellers use to promote it. The issue is that the soil already contains billions of times more bacteria than you have in the brewing pail. You're better off introducing your plant to the wonders of compost tea than popping out the […]. (It stains the patio bricks.) Robert I can’t believe you haven’t said so in your repsonse. Grass grows better with more nutrients, and more air. Weeds added to water will decompose and add some nutrients to the water. I rotate them from time to time to encourage aeration (though not as often as I probably should, but I’m amazed at how quickly the process is nonetheless). I agree with you. 7 Benefits From Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone Published on November 25, 2017 November 25, 2017 • 519 Likes • 48 Comments Green and healthy. You might google “Elaine Ingham” and listen to some of her discussion on soil biology. In most farm situation it is the cultivation and lack of organic matter that kills microbes. I think you should be less stubborn and do research yourself. Most discussion of brewing aerobic tea focus on the value of bacteria – not fungi. You just conceded that “A higher rate of decomposition resulted in **more nutrients** on the tea and higher growth rate.” due to the compost being mixed into water and aerated. Exactly, they change it from one compound to another, the second compound being similar, but more immediately available to the plants. Where is the scientific research to show it actually works? 3) the application rate was “rate of 50 ml per plant” – that is huge compared to suggested field application rates. At present it seems the only benefit is from nutrients. Thanks for this very thoughtful, logical post. If you use concentrated fish emulsion and concentrated worm castings then you can get a tea that is viable for all fertilizer needs. That way the microorganisms that exist around the roots can do what they do and leave nutrients immobilized where the plant can access them. If you did not see it this year egg shells had nothing to do with it. At seeding don’t use anything. Re: “Many people who grow in containers often use compost tea because they lack the ability to add more soil and compost . Something I noticed from one yard revolution is he said make compost tea from weeds when you don’t have Humphrey (this is before he discovered no results from compost tea). Now I use comfrey and broom green manures in addition to a mulch of autumn leaves, since our new location has so many maples. Besides – why do you need faster composting? I’m not a fan of commericial fertilizers as I tend to burn my plants. If the nutrients in a tea would be overly diluted, couldn’t you just add less water? So for example a lacto fermented aerated comfrey tea would provide nutrients to the plant much faster then simply mulching with comfrey and waiting for the soil microbes to break it down. So you say “No one should be playing with these methods unless they know what they are doing and can properly analyze what they are doing under a microscope”. It does not show that the tea was any better than just using the compost. did you know they’re considering classifying the human microbiome as another human organ? I never trust anybody’s word for the hell of it. I agree compost is good for soil. First you should always grow your tea in an aerobic environment, 99 % of what the tea is for is for the introduction of be beneficial “fungi” which for the most part prefer fresh air. Consider getting my book – Garden Myths. Spend some time on Google looking at scientific papers about soil bacteria identification and you will quickly see the problems. What I said is “A lot of the articles found are not peer reviewed, test for very special cases, don’t do field studies etc.”. I’ve looked at a lot of data about compost teas. Type 2 diabetes involves having elevated blood sugar levels, which may be caused by insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin. Peer reviewed journals be damned if what I learnt through her courses works. I have never seen any evidence or even claims of the tea moving bacteria to the roots. If your composting at home a wet greener hotter compost pile is going to be bacterial dominant, a dryer slower leafyer pile is going to be fungally dominant. Now, THAT would be terrible of them. I also have yet to convinced of the value of tea, a very imprecise term, especially when applied to a well-made finished compost. I believe compost and mulch will provide typical gardeners with more than enough nutrients and will gradually help improve structure along with some carefully chosen amendments based on a soil study. As for the microbes. You are correct it will add nutrients. “Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition” by Jeff Lowenfels Having no prior knowledge of Elaine or her work and having completed her courses, it seems everything you state about what she advocates is bass ackwards, and it seems I am not the only one who comes to your site and sees this. The nitrogen comes from the nutrient added to the pail broken down by the microbes added in the form of Wormcast. And for the most part we still understand so little of this world. However, there’s some evidence that green tea may reduce bad breath (39, 40). You can just spread the compost right over the mulch. Aveda's soothing, certified organic, caffeine-free herbal tea—with licorice root and peppermint—calms your senses, promoting a sense of well-being. A claim like “I bring back plants from the dead” is a sure sign that your results can’t be believed. 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