Discussion in 'Composting' started by Hangman, Jul 23, 2014.
seems like it should work fine
That's a lot more work, parts, and cost than you really need to do.
I put a few scoops of, roughly, finished vermicompost in a bucket of water then mix it. I then pour that through a strainer / net / colander and use it within 10 minutes of first putting the compost in the water. The solids left over in the strainer go back into the worm bin.
The whole key is to keep the compost and microbes in it aerated and not going anaerobic.
I forgot to mention with my mixing and pouring also "harvests" the finished compost and deposits it into the plants I am watering as long as I don't use too fine of a mesh to strain it.
There are times where I will pour it through a muslin or jersey bag to strain fine particles out in order to use the tea as a foliar spray.
I forgot about compost tea. My local hydroponics shop sells compost tea and swears by it.
Compost teas are usually a good weak fertilizer. One of the keys though is the live microbes in the tea. Sealing compost in a plastic bag or bottling the tea will kill the microbes. I would say you're far better making your own tea than buying it. Cost aside you don't know how long it has been sitting around without oxygenation. Old tea at best is liquid suspended compost and nutrients, at worst it is a stinky slimey mess.
Several people get very built up and complicated with making the tea - buckets, aerators, adding molasses and the like. The theory with this is you start to breed the good microbes in these brewers. Good microbes will displace bad microbes on the plant surface and in the soil and the symbiotic relationship between microbes and plant yield better plants... It's the concept of soil-food-web.
If you want to do a bunch of reading on this from someone that is well overboard with organic gardening try this link and surf through his site. I found this was good reading for the winter. While I don't wholesale subscribe to organic methods or shun the synthetics the organic guys do have some very useful ideas.