Aerobic Compost Tea
Aerobic Compost Tea is the most effective product to use when you are enhancing or re-building your soil structure. It is organic, non-toxic and safe to use. And, the microbes in fresh Aerobic Compost Tea are metabolically active, which means they are awake. The concentration and diversity of microbes are the main reasons for the quick and noticeable results you will see after just a few applications.
The beneficial microbes in a healthy compost pile are aerobic, which means they require oxygen to stay alive. An actively aerated compost tea is far more valuable than a non-aerated tea because it provides both nutrients and an abundance of beneficial soil microorganisms. The microbial population increase approximately 100,000 times during the brewing process.
Please note that an aerated compost tea should not be compared to a non-aerated compost tea. A non-aerated compost tea does indeed provide some plant nutrients to the roots, but does not include any aerobic soil microorganisms which were originally part of the solid compost.
Healthy, undamaged soil is naturally full of beneficial microorganisms. However, continuous use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides will eventually result in virtually sterile soil. Beneficial soil microbes will not co-exist in a synthetic soil environment for very long.
Three Important Components When Brewing Aerobic Compost Tea
- An organically certified inoculant.
Our inoculant (microbial starter population) is a mix of organic earthworm castings and wood based humus. It is produced at a WSDA certified organic farm and is guaranteed to be free of pathogens such as ecoli and salmonella. In short, the best inoculant available.
- An organic nutrient solution.
Our nutrient solution is a blend of all organic materials designed to grow the maximum population of soil microbes. To insure freshness the nutrient solution is pasteurized before bottling.
- An aeration system that agitates and saturates the solution with oxygen.
Our aeration systems produce an abundance of small oxygen bubbles and agitation. Small air bubbles and agitation are the keys to brewing a potent aerobic compost tea. The dissolved oxygen level in all our brewers exceeds 100% saturation. It is impossible to reach 100% oxygen saturation with any type of bubbler system.
Our Aerobic Compost Tea has been tested many times over the last 10 years. The testing results continuously show a very healthy aerobic compost tea rated high in diversity and aerobic microbes. In average, the microbial population multiply by 100,000 times during the brewing process. The ratio between aerobes vs. anearobes is in the 10/1 ratio, which is considered well above the desired range.
The numerous benefits of soil microbes from compost are well documented on the web. Just search for “aerated compost tea” and click away. In short, soil biologists and garden writers all agree that:
- Organic nutrients, in its raw form, are not available to plant roots for absorption.
- Beneficial soil microbes are needed in the soil in order to provide the necessary nutrients to the plants.
- Nutrients from microbial digestion remains in the soil until the plant is ready to utilize the nutrients. Synthetic fertilizers will wash away!
- The soil microbes feed on each other, and convert organic nutrients for the plants. The plants in turn feed the microbes by giving off carbon materials for the microbes. It’s the longest living ecosystem on earth!
- Soil microbes will enhance a plants natural disease resistance and protect the soil environment against harmful pathogens. The plants start to look healthier, because they are healthier, from the roots up!
- Improved soil structure. “After a season of Aerobic Compost Tea, the clay dirt started to look like real soil”!
- Improved water retention (reported up to 33% less water is needed). Water is becoming a scarce and expensive resource!
- Reduces the amount of fertilizer needed.
- Bigger yields and better tasting fruits and vegetables. (Ohio State University Study)
- Very positive results reported in preventing and treating fungal diseases. (Mildew problem)