Aerated compost teas rely on oxygen to help support the growth of beneficial bacteria and fungi. For the home grower, simply letting your ingredients brew in a bucket with an air pump should be enough. Large-scale operations with bigger budgets, on the other hand, tend to use oxygen probes for complete control over the oxygen levels in their teas.
Compost tea is rich in nutrients and beneficial microorganisms such as nematodes, protozoa, certain bacteria, and fungi. This elixir can help to defend your plants against pathogens, and may also help to enhance growth and overall health.
In order to grow the bacteria and fungi in your compost, you need to feed them the right nutrients. There are many different compost tea recipes available on the internet, and we’ve included one of our favourites at the end of this article.
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Remember: The ingredients you choose to use in your tea will determine whether it is fungal or bacterial.
Over time, the microorganisms in your compost bin will break down these materials into compost, a soil conditioner rich in nutrients and microscopic organisms. If you don’t have your own compost to make tea with, you can either source some from your local garden centre or make a tea with store-bought ingredients. Some common ingredients for compost tea include:
Cuttings and Bare root: 35ml/gal (1-100 dilution)
I use barley or corn throughout all of the plants life but some people use alfalfa seed tea and barley seed tea in veg and use corn seed tea in flower it’s up to you.
IMPORTANT: RISE THE SEEDS MORNING AND NIGHT AT LEAST.
Then you can rinse them well to make sure they are ready to sprout, I just do this in a metal strainer.
Here is the same tray 24 hours later:
October 26, 2020
is there a shelf life for the Barley/water food processor receipe ?
Yes, it’s true! Our plants can make the most of the beneficial properties of sprouted seeds and enjoy a natural boost in growth and plant health. Seed sprout tea (SST) is an easy, economical and environmentally-friendly way in which we can irrigate our garden with our own homemade plant growth stimulant, rich in phytohormones, enzymes, minerals and nutrients, and is suitable for use on cannabis plants in vegetative growth as well as during the flowering period, depending on the seeds being used.
There are a few types of seed that are most commonly used for this purpose, these are primarily maize, barley, alfalfa and lentils. These are used at different times, depending on what stage of life our plants are in, and the desired effect.
What seeds can we use to make SST?
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Soak the seeds overnight in clean water. Adding a quarter-teaspoon of kelp meal at this point will infuse the water with growth-promoting phytohormones and help to accelerate the germination process. In this case, we’ve used the soluble kelp powder Alga Plus from Jumus.
These are the most commonly used seeds for making SSTs, but it doesn’t mean that other types of seed won’t work equally worth experimenting with. For example, an SST using sprouted hemp seeds ought to be an excellent growth booster for cannabis plants, while sunflower seeds are well known to be high in phytohormones, and many others such as rice, fenugreek, pumpkin have been recommended as well.