Garden tea...best food ever for anything

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Garden tea...best food ever for anything
Wed, 04-09-2003 - 7:47am
If you are into serious gardening, and want the biggest bang for your time and effort, just follow this recipe for plant food. Please remember though to get this to the roots of your plants, not all over them.

In a large container....50 gallon barrels work best...

3/4 full of compost material, which can be fresh even, but at least partially broken down works best.

for 50 gallons, two packages of active dry yeast into warmed water, and stirred until completely disolved into the water.

(in place of the yeast) You could use one can of cheap beer and one can of caramel colored soda pop (NOT diet) though.

Now, fill the container the remainder to full, and allow to set for 7 to 14 days, depending on how fresh the compost material is....fresh grass takes the full 14 days. Take out one gallon of water, put into 5 gallons of water, and into a watering can....get the water/tea right at the root areas of the plants. This mixture will feed plants all they need to grow strong, and produce the best that they can, and the barrel can last for years. (make sure you add back in one gallon or more of water into the barrel to keep your material working, and you can add more fresh material as well.

If you have a large garden, you may wish a larger barrel, or more than one, as you will need to empty the contents every other month to start over. This is due to so much break down that the composte will begin to have an unpleasant odor. The compost material can be poured into a small area in a corner of your garden until dry, then simply added along your plants to help feed them even more.

(((NOTE))) For new gardeners, you can do this with a 5 gallon bucket, but you will only get to take out about two cups at a time to add to two quarts of water. This still works great, leaving two days for the added back in water to build up the nutrients in it. You may want to change it out more often as well due to the small amount of compost it can hold.

Mitch