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Benefits of Compost Tea

Benefits of using of compost tea containing the WHOLE foodweb include:

  • Improve plant growth as a result of protecting plant surfaces with beneficial organisms which occupy infection sites and prevent disease-causing organisms from finding the plant,
  • Improve plant growth as a result of improving nutrient retention in the soil, and therefore reduce fertilizer use, and loss of nutrients into ground- and surface waters
  • Improve plant nutrition by increasing nutrient availability in the root system as predator-prey interactions increase plant available nutrients in exactly the right place, time and amounts that the plant needs, Reduce the negative impacts of chemical-based pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers on beneficial microorganisms in the ecosystem
  • Improve uptake of nutrients by increasing foliar uptake as beneficial microorganisms increase the time stomates stay open, while at the same time reducing evaporative loss from the leaf surface,
  • Reduce water loss, improve water-holding in the soil, and thus reduce water use in your system,
  • Improve tillage by building better soil structure. Only the biology builds soil structure, and ALL the groups in the foodweb are required to be successful. You can’t have just bacteria, you must have fungi, protozoa, nematodes and microarthropods as well! Please be aware that plate count methods don’t tell you about the whole foodweb.

What is in compost tea?
Tea contains all the soluble nutrients extracted from the compost, but also contains all the species of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes in the compost. Not all the individuals in the compost, but representatives of all the species in the compost are found in the compost tea. Making sure only beneficial species are present in the compost is therefore critical.


 

Using Compost Tea

Compost Tea being applied to a garden in Hawaii

The Compost Tea contains soluble nutrients extracted from the compost, as well as protozoa, bacteria, and fungi. Our application of the Compost Tea allows the plants to thrive in a soil food web which is beneficial to the plants, the soil, the Aina, and the Planet.

 

 

 
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