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I would like some information about buying and using compost tea.
The tea we brew is actively aerated compost tea so we are growing the organisms that live in really well made small batch compost. The organisms in the tea are the foundation of the soil food wed, the bacteria and the fungi. There are also protozoa in our tea and they start up the nutrient cycling. So when you add tea to the soil you are adding life to the soil. It is best to water the tea in around the root zone of your plants. You can also apply it foliarly however do not apply foliarly to any part of the plant you are will be eating within 3 months.
Application rates on tea vary, for a beginning soil drench we recommend 1 gallon per 100 square feet. You can dilute the tea with water but you do have to treat the water first if you are using city water. Almost all of the city water on the peninsula is disinfected with chloramine which needs to be treated with an aquarium product like Amquel to break the bond between the ammonia and chlorine.
We will be brewing tea this week and we can add you to our future email notification list if you like. The tea is $8 per gallon, $6 per gallon when you purchase 18 gallons or more. You may bring your own 1,2, or 3 gallon containers or purchase 3 gallons containers from us. If you are interested in tea this week just send Gennie, email@example.com, a email and let her know the day you will be in and the number of gallons you would like. The tea will be available on Wednesday from 8-4:30 and Thursday from 8 until we run out. Sometimes we run out on Wednesday so do let Gennie know if you would like tea this week.
The tea is perishable and needs to be used within four hours from the time we place it in the bottle. You can dilute it as much as you like to get it to cover 100 square feet per gallon. Just be sure and treat the city water for chloramine or use potable well water. If you spray it make sure the canister is food grade clean, you need a nozzle with a large opening, like a Hudson type hand pump sprayer. You will also need to strain the tea if you spray, we can strain tea for you if you let us know. In addition you probably know to feed the soil lightly with organic fertilizers and compost and to always keep a cover of mulch on the soil. If your applying the tea around food crops do not apply to any part of the plant that will be eaten in less than 3 months.
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