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Testing some "compost tea"..


I made up my first batch of “compost tea” and decided to test it on the Ivy that is growing in my “gutted amplifier planter” tonight. Here is a photo of the container plant around 7:00 PM cst before the treatment:

As you can see, we have considerable foliage drooping from the intense Texas heat today. I applied the compost tea mix and drenched the planter until the liquid drained from the bottom. Only one hour later at around 8:20 PM cst, the plant lost that “droopy look” and the leaves started perking up pictured here:

I was amazed at how quickly the easy to make mix transformed the Ivy and perked it right up in less than one hour! I’ll have to experiment with this on my roses and see what happens. Humm… I wonder what the Mammoth Sunflowers would do after a drenching of the “tea”… :-)

Here’s how to make it:
Link to how to make this stuff

Quite amazing to watch the results of what organics can do!

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Sounds interesting but, in a real test you would have to take two plants in the same condition water one with the compost tea and the other with plain water and see if there was a difference. I'm not saying that compost tea isn't a wonderful thing just that as with my trial of growing with the lunar cycle you need a control.

5 Aug, 2009


Great suggestion!
A scientifically based A-B comparison of maybe 4 plants might work better!.
Two would be subjected to the watering difference and the other two would be subjected to the "lunar time difference"...
What do you think? Might be a most interesting experiment..

I have a local organic nursery a couple of miles from the house that could provide a few DNA matched tomato plants for the test. This could be most interesting to look into!

6 Aug, 2009


Sounds good to me... I can mail you a copy of the lunar calendar or send it to you as a pdf. I'm really glad you did not see this as a criticism! Is this something you would plan to start doing now or for next year?

6 Aug, 2009


The fall season is an opportunity for experimentation because there are lots of "fall growers" that I could play with!
It would be interesting to try a few "transplants" VS a few " fall grown from seed" tests..
I always love to experiment. {chuckle}

7 Aug, 2009


Okay why don't you send me a PM and I'll let you have my e-mail address so we can work something out. I'll be out of it most of next week as we have the family arriving tomorrow but will still be checking the e's.

7 Aug, 2009

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