Pippin has strong feelings about his catnip…
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I am surprised to learn that probably 1/2 gallon or more of the compost tea has evaporated…I don't think Pippin drank that much. It might be wise to use a lid next time I make compost tea.
My plan was to foliar feed my garden with the compost tea, but the winds are howling today as our first cold front of the year moves in. So I'm heading out to the garden to harvest all the tomatoes, peppers and those strawberries that decided to fruit in November, then I'll pour my compost tea on the young seedlings.
I will also probably start a second batch of tea, it won't be cold and windy on Wednesday and that would be a great time to foliar feed after we come out of the little cold snap.
BTW – if I had been able to use the pump sprayer to apply the compost tea, I would have poured it through one of the paint strainer bags to catch any large particles that escaped when I initially immersed the tea bag int he water. I did not have the bag tied closed and some debris definitely escaped.
Happy compost Tea brewing everyone. I hope you'll try it, its easy and your plants will love you for it.
Cynthia McKenna is a psychotherapist in private practice. She helps clients heal anxiety and depression and find peace through living healthier lives. You can learn more about her work here.
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The compost tea is brewing and I want to share the process I used. I referenced both Bruce Deuley and Bob Webster for my tea bucket and the method. Thanks to their generous spirits, the plants should be benefiting in about 24 hours
- 5 gallon bucket
- air pump for 50 gallon fish tank
- air stones
- plastic tubing
- T splitter or other splitter to get additional lines in bucket
- paint strainer bag
- water: de-chlorinate your water or use rainwater (I used pond water)
- 1 quart of good organic compost
This is the splitter I used. Also my pump has two lines so I can get even more air lines into the bucket
Air stones which create lots of bubbles in the bucket of water
Because the bacteria and fungi will need something to eat while they grow and multiply, I added 1T molasses and 1 T fish emulsion, and about 1/3 cup oatmeal to the water.
Next -fill the paint strainer bag about 1/3 full of compost, tie the bag shut and add your bag of compost to the bucket of water..
Tie bag with a string and if you are using multiple lines & air stones, put one line down in the bag. Here is my final set up:
Special thanks to Mr. Pippin for making sure I did everything correctly.
Now we wait 6-8 hours then remove the bag and let bubble for another 18-24 hours.
Cynthia McKenna is a psychotherapist in private practice in the Texas Hill Country. You can learn more about her at www.cynthiamckennacounseling.com
Posted in Garden Pests, Gardening, Organic Gardening, Science
Tagged bob webster, bruce deuley, compost tea, compost tea bucket, Cynthia McKenna, cynthiamckennacounseling, gardener, organic, psychotherapist, texas hill country
The home-made pumpkin pie is finished.
Cynthia McKenna is a psychotherapist specializing in anxiety, depression and healthy living. You can learn more about her work here.
The pumpkin pulp is mixed with cream, eggs, and spices and now is ready to go into the crust.
Cynthia McKenna is a psychotherapist
specializing in anxiety, depression and healthy living. You can learn
more about her work