Compost tea

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infowarrior

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Compost tea
« on: November 27, 2012, 21:55 »
I'm looking for a good compost tea machine but all the good ones I've found online are from America. Does anyone know of any makers/suppliers of decent compost tea machines in this country? I know you can make them yourself with airstones of which I've had one for a while but in my opinion they just don't create enough air to make good quality tea.

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Re: Compost tea
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012, 02:27 »
How are you getting on with your compost tea search?

Sounds quite amazing to me.

I love tea but only the traditional type - strong, milk and 2 sugars!  ;)
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Re: Compost tea
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2012, 21:16 »
The ones I've found online up to now are stupidly priced so I reckon I'm just going to make one myself when I get the time and money for the equipment like a decent air pmup etc.  I reckon compost/wormcast teas are definatley the way forward in organic growing. These are some of the ones I've found online up to now.

http://www.rittenhouse.ca/asp/Product.asp?PG=1179

http://www.symbio.co.uk/default.aspx

http://www.composttea.com/earth_tea_brewers1.htm

http://www.smartbugs.com.au/_webapp_1445093/1000_litre_SmartBug_Brewer

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Re: Compost tea
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2012, 23:45 »
It all looks very clever stuff but I'm relying on my huge compost heap as well as the odd sprinkle of chicken manure pellets.

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Re: Compost tea
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2012, 04:33 »
Most people who brew compost tea find that  aquarium pumps and stones do a good job, but you must also pay attention to other factors. I got a heavy duty used pump with dual lines to split off to use 4 large aerating stones. Once brewed, the tea needs to be used within a few hours. Also, worm castings are superior to compost for tea quality.

There's some very good info in THIS video.

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Re: Compost tea
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2012, 21:13 »
   Worm castings arn't necessarily better than compost for making the tea, it just depends on what crop it's to be used on. Depends on if the crop prefers a more fungal tea or a more bacterial rich tea. Normally you'll use both but change quantities etc to suit.



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