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by tkhooper on May 23, 2006 05:25 AM
Well today I started my first batch of compost tea. I used 75 percent leaves and 25 percent green grass since that's what I use in the compost pile. I put the compost in a onion bag that was holding my store bought onions. Hopefully that will work.

Now does anyone know how long I let it steep? I've never done this before so I don't know anything. Except it might help get rid of what ever is feeding on my chinese laterns.

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by weezie13 on May 23, 2006 05:36 AM
Back up and re~start me past that one again [perplexed] ???

You are making compost tea??? [thumb]

To make compost tea, you've put leaves and grass in the onion bag? [dunno]

Do I have that right Tam?? [critic]

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by tkhooper on May 23, 2006 07:32 AM
Yes and then I stuck the bag in water. Am I anywhere in the ball park of doing this right. As you know I am clueless.

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by weezie13 on May 23, 2006 07:56 AM
Nope...
That's what I was wonderin'..

Just take your finished compost, put it in
something like cheese clothe and then tie it
up at the top, then steap in your pail of water...

[teacher] Compost Tea is
*finished compost ~ water* [thumb]

And a foot note.. if you were to ever get a homemade barrel tumbler like, you can get tea when it rains..
Remind me and I will find some info on it for you..*the thing to make, it's a big plastic drum and two posts really*

And I bet you if you [Smile] your landlord, he'd
find you one maybe...
*special cause your makin' his housing area look nice*

Maybe, if you have the space for it..

*My neighbor has one, and I keep sayin' I'm going to sneak over and take some pictures of it..
One of these days I will.. remind me..*

Okay, I'm sneakin' out,
Did I explain it okay?
*somedays I'd give anything for a pen and paper*
Let me know.. [thumb]

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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by tkhooper on May 23, 2006 01:25 PM
you explained it great. somehow I had totally missed the boat. Not that uncommon with me anymore. It's heck getting old lol.

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by patches1414 on May 23, 2006 10:49 PM
I put my compost in an old nylon stocking and tie it with heavy string just like a tea bag. I found this works better for me because I put my compost tea in a sprayer and I don't want any particles clogging up the nozzle. [Frown]

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by weezie13 on May 24, 2006 12:40 AM
ooooooooh that IS a neat idea [thinker] [clappy] [thumb] !!!!

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by tkhooper on May 24, 2006 01:52 AM
Well I made it and this morning I used it. Everything got a spraying because it went a lot farther than I thought it would. I especially paid attention to the chinese lanterns that were really getting eaten and then the pepper plants which seemed to be second on all the bugs lists. They are all leaving the roses alone since I put the green onions on each side of them. Suprising what onions can do I guess lol.

I gave the hollyhocks an extra good dose too because they keep wilting everyday. I'm wondering if the planter doesn't have enough dirt in it for the hollyhocks. I really think that was the wrong place to put them but it's to late to move them now they are huge.

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by weezie13 on May 24, 2006 02:19 AM
Remember for future use,
to let the compost bag steep a few days
before using it...
That way there is more compost infused in it.. [thumb] [flower]

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by tkhooper on May 24, 2006 02:25 AM
Thanks Weezie,

I'll do that with the batch I'm going to make up today. While we are on the subject. How often should I use the spray?

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by weezie13 on May 24, 2006 02:34 AM
I don't think that it's harmful to use every day if you did...
**If one would normally have it incorporated into the soil or a side dressing..**

I would say, if it were me and I was doing it on a regular basis.. I'd do it ever 3rd day, *time to steep inbetween* then spray.. and make a new batch and wait, 3 or 4 days inbetween..

For future info too, you can do it with a bag of manure too... and steap in the same manor and get Manure Tea!!!

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Weezie

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- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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