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by njoynit on July 16, 2004 05:17 PM
I'm just wandering around the net and ran into

www.howtocompost.org
and was reading their file how to make compost tea& see they use an air pump from fish tank...says to keep organisms aliveWell....I never heard of adding air just you wanted it hot.I usually let mine sit in bucket for a week in full sun with metal over the top and stir it 2 times a day or more& when it has bubbles its ready.

I'm just a wondering....any1 use the air?

Compost Tea
there is the link to article

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by weezie13 on July 16, 2004 07:06 PM
Njoynit,
I have read about this!!!
I would love to do it, but need someone who can
*and is willing* to help *that leaves the hubby out of it, when the word, "willing" comes into it!
~~~~~~~~~~I'd get a [Roll Eyes] [Frown] [Mad] ........... [Big Grin] [Razz] out of it~~~~~~~~~~~~

But I think Phil has a bit more "hands on~working knowledge of this"

Weezie

P.S. I just shortened the URL above so it didn't go off the page... [thumb]

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by njoynit on July 17, 2004 07:06 AM
and phil will find this post [Smile]

NOW I remember what I went inside shed for.....my fish tank supply bucket,I have a air thinngymijig& and air stone.I have 2 get it out in morning...think it will hook up 9 lines and have extra line...if still in bucket.
so what about airstone phil?I have 3 one is the short 1/2 inch jobby one is 1 inch and the other was like a what I called a "bubble wall 33 gal tank sized.

oh Weezie...you've read on there.now I have a weird '?' they say lack of oxygen kills bacteria and if compost tea has sat long is no good....well I found a bucket of LAST YEARS...yes last years& when moved bucket it started bubbleing...it smells like it should.so is it good or not good?I could always just pour it on compost pile...but gee...what if its good?

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by frustratedattimes on July 20, 2004 02:55 AM
ummmmmmmm this may sound like a really dumb question. But what in tarnation is "compost tea"? [Confused] [dunno] Sounds like something real disgusting.

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by Bestofour on July 20, 2004 03:36 AM
Can you read the link in njoynit's message at the top of the thread? It explains everything. I like what John Wayne had to say. Words to live by.

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by frustratedattimes on July 20, 2004 03:46 AM
I tried to get the website to come up but for some reason my computer keeps locking up,,grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr [Mad] . But I will keep trying.

Thank you for liking my quote. John Wayne was my hero growing up, still is for that matter. Just the way he treated life and people. Besides being one heck of an actor. [muggs]

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by Bestofour on July 21, 2004 03:26 AM
I was able to copy some of it tonight. Let me know if you can't get the link to work and I'll try to copy the rest. These computers are crazy. Last night I couldn't copy a word.

Compost tea is easily made by soaking or steeping compost in water. The resulting compost tea is used for either a foliar application (sprayed on the leaves) or applied to the soil.

We all know that compost is a wonderful addition to soil and helps our gardens grow better. You and your garden plants can benefit even more by using compost tea.

By using compost tea to replace chemical-based fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides, you can garden safer and be more protective of the environment. Compost tea:

Increases plant growth
Provides nutrients to plants and soil
Provides beneficial organisms
Helps to supress diseases
Replaces toxic garden chemicals

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by Phil and Laura on July 23, 2004 02:56 PM
Sorry, been Back to work!Yaay, well maybe not Yay, but...works good! [grin]
I should have posted pics by now of my compost tea cooker, but...
I too used to make tea in a container in the sun, had good results too! However as time goes on, We all learn, and thus we improve our methods.
My apparatus is very similiar to the one in the link above; however, with 6000 sq.ft. of garden and 5 giant Pumpkin patches, it takes a little more Tea! [Roll Eyes]
I use a 33 gallon garbage can with a small hole in the top for the main air line from the pump, the bigger the pump, the better, but I have good results with a pump designed for 15 gallon aquarium. Some use a old gym sock for a "tea bag', I opt to just put the ingredients in, better aeration that way. Diffuser stones...YES, and also...Get one of those in-line check valves to put between your pump and the tea, unless your air manifold has one built in. I use rain or well water, but as the article above stated...IF you Have city water...run the pump( I would do this over night Myself) before adding your compost and "other" ingredients. I heat half the water to a near boil, add the remainder of cold, this will get Ya like warm, I take about (for this big batch) 1/2 cup of mollasses, and a half cup warm water,mix well and add to the container of water and stir. Now you can't do any better than your own WELL composted ...compost, the bagged is fine, BUT, may not have the "umph" you want, question..How long this stuff been bagged? [thinker]
In the 20 gallons of water I add 4 shovel fulls of compost,or about 1/2 of a 5 gallon bucket full, Having it available, I add two shovels full of "rotted", Aged cow manure, I also add several "different" things, depending on the availability, 4 or five handfulls of stinging nettle(before it sets seed, and WEAR GLOVES!!!), some Equisedum(horsetail), sometimes, chamomile.
I don't use any chemicals on my lawn,and ALWAYS clean the mower deck when I am done, so I add those clumps of dark green grass-goo, that collect under there. Oh, One note, you WILL NEED SOMETHING to hold your airhose's at the bottom, I place rocks on them ...before I add anything to the barrel., When I have all the ingredients in I stir, put the cover on, andplace a heating pad, covered with a small quilt,against the side and bungie it to the can, plug in and let her rock for 72 hours, or till she's foaming, looks like a REAL lousy bartender has poured your beer!if you are unable to use it within 3 days, add some more Mollasses to keep those microbes HAPPY
It does help to stop by one a day and stir the concoction for a few minutes [thumb]

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