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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:54 am 
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Hostas love high nitrogen-protein foods. Once you get the soil underneath rich with homemade compost, you need good high protein fertilzers like blood meal or fish products to keep them green and healthy. Normal compost tea recipes are great as an extra "vitamin food" liquid product and organic disease fighter for your plants, but hostas need more nitrogen than that.

Compost and compost teas are designed to really be soil foods for beneficial soil microbes and earthworms. These soil organisms need to be fed regularly good proteins, carbohydrates, etc., in order to metabolize these foods into water soluble available nutrients for your hostas. Also these soil organisms improve the soil's texture, color, and increase the soil's protection mechanisms from diseases.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:05 pm 
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It might be best to use your protein fertilizers directly in the garden soil or in your compost pile. Then just focus your aeration on plain copmpost tea with just a touch of molasses as a biostimulant. Too many extra protein ingredients in the tea without proper aeration, proper timing, and proper climate, can cause a stinky smelly anaerobic tea. Not good at all!

Also any bagged dry mature compost can remain stable for an indefinite number of months.
The problem I have with my compost bags are that since they are biodegradeable, they fall apart with 3 months, if the user doesn't use the compost up in the bag in time! The compost itself will never spoil, and it will remain aerobic and pleasant smelling, as long as the mixture doesn't get wet in the bag.

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