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Does anyone make their own compost teas and liquid bio fertilzers for the use in lawn care and / or plant care ? 

Seems to be a growing area with a lot more suppliers offering a wide range of products you 'brew up' and then apply to help soil heath either bacterially or fungally not to mention natural NPKs and minerals.

I know the concepts have been around for ages but does anyone have experience of either using supplier certified compost teas etc or just making their own ? 

Any sites or books on the subject that helped ? 


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  • No personal experience, but was surprised that a farmer local to me, about 4,000 acres of Arable, was talking about it. No idea where he will get the compost from to make that much tea! ... but he already chucks some molasses in the tank to help soil bugs when spraying e.g. fungicide. Costs very little and he was going to spray the field anyway ...

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      Looks like even if you bought compost tea products you might be able to cover 25 hectares for around £300 -- interesting to hear your local farmer having a go, seems a lot of golf courses have now gone organic to repair massively damaged soil structure. 

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    I've come across Dr Elaine Ingham a few times. Her company provides training in compost tea and compost extraction. Soil food web is the company I think. Based in America.

    I've not had any personal experience with teas, have been using no dig and minimal digging on my allotment and in gardens for a few years. It is certainly something I would like to try and incorporate. 

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