Helping your garden grow and flourish can be tricky at times. You need to have the right amount of nutrients that are added in and you need to also keep an eye on the weather and threats of frost. To give your flower beds and garden an extra boost, add a compost tea to your soil. Compost tea is a powerful nutrient that is created by moisture and a good source of compost. You can buy compost tea or you can create the compost tea yourself.
Creating compost tea yourself will not take much. The sources that you will need to give your compost tea are a good source of oxygen and moisture. You can use the compost that you already have created yourself out of your yard clippings, the compost that you have purchased from the store, or a good source is well rotted cow manure. Each one of these sources will allow the compost tea to create a good source of nutrients and an array of microbes. Less than ¼ teaspoon of the compost tea will contain over a billion bacteria, which is needed to help your plants thrive and flourish.
The compost tea that you are creating will need to be heated up to 135 degrees Fahrenheit for about three days. Keeping your compost tea warm will be the hardest part of your project, but can be achieved. When you have created your compost tea mixture, place the mixture in the sun for three days. This will allow the natural sunlight to warm up the mixture and keep it warm.
Use a five gallon bucket to create your compost tea. Within the five gallon bucket, place four gallon of water, one gallon of the compost or rotted manure you are using and stir together. Once you have your mixture stirred together well, place the bucket into the sunlight. You will want to continue to stir your mixture throughout the day. As you are stirring your compost tea mixture, the warmth of the sunlight will allow the organisms to create the compost tea that you are going to use. If at any time you notice a smell coming from the compost tea you are creating, add fresh water to the mixture and stir your mixture more frequently. The smell is created because the mixture is not receiving a good amount of oxygen.
When you have created your compost tea, you are ready to place the tea into your soil. To apply the tea to get the best results, dilute the tea at a rate of one to five with water. Do this when you place the tea into a watering can or a sprayer. When the tea is mixed, you can apply to your plants and vegetables as needed. When the watering can or sprayer is empty, simple add water and tea and apply again. The bacteria that are located in the tea will help your soil become rich, the plants in your flower beds and garden beds grow quicker and the earthworms that are in the soil use the compost tea to help your soil receive more oxygen.
Using a simple process as making compost tea to help your garden flourish is inexpensive and can be done by a beginner gardener. Be patient and diligent with the process and you will get the results that you are looking for and wanting of your gardens. The more bacteria that you add to your gardens, the more your gardens will product and the longer they will last during the planting seasons. Start your garden growing process today by starting your mixture of compost tea.