I posted this under "Composting", but thought it might be appropriate to post here too since this is mainly a fertilizing question.
Since I don't yet have compost to make my own compost tea, I bought a gallon of concentrate. I've used it twice, a week apart, on my vegetable garden and it's thriving! What I wondered is how often should I apply the tea? And, when is it considered too much since it adds so much nitrogen to the soil? My veggie plants and seedlings are loving it right now!
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Compost tea recipes are great as a natural liquid "fertilizer", but better as a powerful natural biostimulant. A source of beneficial microbes in liquid form, loaded with nutrients that plants need, plus a natural way to protect plants from diseases, and help plants overcome stress.
Compost teas are not designed to replace normal composting techniques. Teas only help complement normal and regular soil building methods using lots and lots of organic matter.
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The idea that compost tea has a lot of nitrogen in it is not quite right. Compost tea has more benefit as source of microbes. Fertilizer is what provides the "nitrogen" to the soil. I put that in quotes because organic fertilizer does not have chemical nitrogen in it like synthetic fertilizer has. Organic fertilizer has protein in it that happens to have nitrogen compounds. It is the soil microbes that convert the protein into plant food of all kinds. So by spraying tea you are getting more microbes to do the work for you but you still have to provide them the food to do it with. The food is organic fertilizer.
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