What is Compost Tea?

Written by james ellison

What is Compost Tea?

Organic gardeners all know compost is fantastic stuff. But now, there's something even better and that's compost tea. If you start with a good compost you'll have a versatile elixir for all your garden needs. Compost tea helps prevent foliage diseases and atrepparttar same time increaserepparttar 113331 nutrients torepparttar 113332 plant and shutdownrepparttar 113333 toxins hurtingrepparttar 113334 plants. It will improverepparttar 113335 taste/flavor of your vegetables. So why not give this tea a try either by buying it or brewing it yourself. You won't believerepparttar 113336 results!

Four ways that good bacteria work:

  • Help compete forrepparttar 113337 nutrients

  • Dine onrepparttar 113338 bad varmits

  • Help produce antibiotics to use againstrepparttar 113339 varmits.

  • They shoverepparttar 113340 bad varmits out.

    Compost tea that is correctly brewed has a wealth of microorganisms that will benefit your plants' growth and health as well asrepparttar 113341 soil that they live in. Compost tea can be considered yogurt forrepparttar 113342 soil. The microorganisms living there are both good and bad. Whatrepparttar 113343 tea does is make surerepparttar 113344 good guys win by introducing helpful bacteria, fungi, protozoa and beneficial nematodes.

    Harmful bacteria lives best in soil that does not have good air circulation. Good bacteria lives best and will thrive in soil that is well ventilated with oxygen. This is where a good compost tea, maderepparttar 113345 right way, comes in. When you have well oxygenated compost you automatically get rid of 3/4 ofrepparttar 113346 bad varmits. Also by using harmful insecticides or chemical fertilizers we reducerepparttar 113347 number of beneficial microorganisms inrepparttar 113348 soil.

    Plants produce their own energy and food and half of that goes torepparttar 113349 roots and some of that goes into repparttar 113350 surrounding soil and guess who gets that? Correct,repparttar 113351 good guys, and then it turns into a beneficial cycle.

  • Hummingbirds - Jewels of the Air

    Written by Tammy Clayton

    “Of all animated beings,repparttar hummingbird isrepparttar 113330 most elegant in form,repparttar 113331 most brilliant in color. The precious stones and metals to which our art lends polish are not compared to this gem of Nature, whose masterpiecerepparttar 113332 little bird represents. She has loaded it with allrepparttar 113333 gifts of which she has given other birds only a share... The emerald,repparttar 113334 ruby,repparttar 113335 topaz all glitter in its plumage, which is never sullied byrepparttar 113336 dust ofrepparttar 113337 ground.”

    - Comte de Buffon (18th century French naturalist)

    Hummingbirds arerepparttar 113338 neatest addition to a garden. Many people try to attract them with red-colored sugar water. Inevitably though trying this method to attract them will allow one highly territorial male to declare that it is HIS FEEDER, unless as a friend of mine did, you provide a whole bunch of spaced out feeders.

    Myself, not ever having observed them in this common fashion just accidentally discovered them in my garden. There are all sorts of lists available that attract them. I never really paid any attention to any of this hummingbird attracting. I just planted things solely forrepparttar 113339 color or time of year they bloom or because I likedrepparttar 113340 look ofrepparttar 113341 plant.

    One hot afternoon following a thunderstorm, while sitting onrepparttar 113342 porch enjoyingrepparttar 113343 now cooler air, I spiedrepparttar 113344 first hummingbird in my garden. He was enjoying a veritable feast ofrepparttar 113345 Gardenview Scarlet Beebalm right in front of my chair. I had leftrepparttar 113346 front door wide open as no bugs were yet flying to letrepparttar 113347 fresh breeze waft intorepparttar 113348 house. Suddenly he was hovering onrepparttar 113349 porch in front ofrepparttar 113350 door. As I watched, he darted right intorepparttar 113351 front hall. Just as I was poised to rise and go shoo him out, he hummed right back acrossrepparttar 113352 porch and dove intorepparttar 113353 red hanging geraniums.

    A few days later, I found his wife inrepparttar 113354 same clump of Beebalm. He flew in and attacked her right insiderepparttar 113355 plant. Beating her with his wings and a fair amount of squeaking and commotion came from insiderepparttar 113356 highly disturbed plant. After several minutes ofrepparttar 113357 wildly waving bloom war, she surrendered and leftrepparttar 113358 plant. He pursued her right aroundrepparttar 113359 corner ofrepparttar 113360 porch, acrossrepparttar 113361 entire back yard and out intorepparttar 113362 woods.

    Pretty selfish of him, I thought, what an arrogant old thing. Then he swooped back into view and became a tiny bump as he took up surveillance of his flowers on a high branch ofrepparttar 113363 big Maple onrepparttar 113364 driveway. Back she came again and went intorepparttar 113365 Beebalm.

    So I settled back in my chair to watchrepparttar 113366 domestic dispute from a most excellent ringside position. Sure enough, what we had here was a quarrel equal to a married couple over which wallpaper should be hung inrepparttar 113367 powder room. For no sooner had she settled into drinkingrepparttar 113368 spicy nectar than he came charging right back and beat her up again. That wasrepparttar 113369 last time I found her anywhere nearrepparttar 113370 plant in question, evidently two beatings were enough to change her tune of defiance. He wasn’t really all that bad though for a bird guy I suppose, as he did let her have allrepparttar 113371 Phlox and Delphinium she wanted.

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