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These instructions are for encouraging living beneficial bacterial to take-up residence in your plant's roots.

NOT RECOMMENDED FOR STERILE HYDROPONICS

To begin your compost tea, you must start with a good compost. Best results come from the Ancient Forest ready-made compost from gardening centers, but in a pinch you could use stuff you make in your own backyard. Compost is made from decaying organic plant matter – and you can put everything from yard trimmings to vegetable waste in your compost pile.


This tea will work wonders on your outdoor crops as well!!

I have found excellent results using a tea containing mycorrhizal - comes from the Greek words mykes, meaning fungus, and rhiza, meaning root. Mycorrhizal fungi are fungi that have developed a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship with the root systems of living plants, from garden vegetables all the way up to the trees of the Old Growth forests. Networks of mycorrhizal filaments envelop the seedling’s root structure, supporting the plant’s own ability to utilize water and nutrients in the soil. This relationship encourages healthy, vigorous growth. More information on this topic can be found here: MycoGrow

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Step 1: Consumables and Equipment

I recommend the following ingredients for a 3-5 gallon size batch of tea.

Consumables:

  • Nylon stocking or similar mesh filter (cheesecloth)
  • General Organics Ancient Forest 0.5 CF Humus Soil Amendment
  • Molasses - Blackstrap, Unsulphured
  • AZOMITE® trace minerals "rock dust"
  • MycoGrow @ http://www.fungi.com

Use my DIY Bubbler Bucket

or

Equipment

  • 3-5 Gallon Bucket - cleaned cat litter container works great!
  • Air pump
  • Air stone
  • Air tubing 1/4" PVC or Nylon
  • Optional: Tubing Cutter
  • Optional: 3-4" ABS Coupler or something similar that can be used in the same way.
Awesome instructable! I also make mine with blackstrap, alpha meal ( derives the same compounds as super thrive) and worm castings. if I feel like feeding a thanksgiving meal to my babies I add emulsified fish and seaweed. keep growing!
Thank you for sharing all of your great compost tea options, also :-)

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