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Why Compost Tea?

 

Compost and vermicompost have a multitude of significant inputs for the soil.  And healthy soil grows healthy plants, from giant redwoods to golf course greens.  Two dominant benefits of quality compost are organic matter and a tremendous diversity of living organisms, organisms that actually feed off of the organic matter to break it down into compost.  The best compost has the fragrance of the forest floor, a marvelous crumbly texture, and tens of thousands of industrious microbes, including beneficial Bacteria, Fungi, Protozoa and Nematodes, all surrounded by soluble nutrients.

 

Of the many differences that contrast compost to commercial fertilizer, perhaps the most significant is this; compost largely benefits the soil whereas fertilizers are formulated to primarily benefit the plant.  Enhancing SOIL HEALTH is a great way to support plant health.

 

Without a living, vibrant population of beneficial microbes in the soil, plants struggle to survive, let alone thrive.  Microbes are essential to healthy soils, which grow healthy plants.

 

 


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5-Gallon Compost Tea Brewer
Nature's Pro® Bucket O' Brew 5 Gallon Compost Tea Brewer with Hozon syphon
Our Price: $189.00

This 5-gallon compost tea brewer even has an extended life motor!
5-Gallon Compost Tea Brewer
5 Gallon Compost Tea Brewer with Extended Life Motor
Our Price: $295.00

This 5-gallon compost tea brewer even has an extended life motor!
BrewMaster P4 Brewer Kit
BrewMaster P4 Brewer Kit
Our Price: $325.00

The BrewMaster P4 brewer is
rated for 5 to 20 Gallons. It comes with the extractor, 1 cfm air pump
and
brewers guide.
Dirt Simple 30 Compost Tea Brewer
Dirt Simple 30 Compost Tea Brewer
Our Price: $1,825.00

This is the Dirt Simple 30 gallon compost tea brewer. Ships freight, so please contact us for a shipping quote.
Dirt Simple Standard Spray Rig
Dirt Simple Standard Spray Rig
Our Price: $2,475.00

This is our standard model landscape/very small farm spray rig. Ships freight, call for quote.
Dirt Simple 100 Compost Tea Brewer
Dirt Simple 100 Compost Tea Brewer
Our Price: $2,990.00

The Dirt Simple 100 is our flagship compost tea brewer. Ships freight, so please contact us for a shipping quote.
Dirt Simple Powered Spray Rig
Dirt Simple Powered Spray Rig
Our Price: $3,075.00

This is our powered model landscape/very small farm spray rig.
Dirt Simple 300 Compost Tea Brewer
Dirt Simple 300 Compost Tea Brewer
Our Price: $3,990.00

The Dirt Simple 300 Compost Tea Brewer is the big brother to our 100 gallon brewer. Ships freight, so please contact us for a shipping quote.
Dirt Simple 1000 Compost Tea Brewer
Dirt Simple 1000 Compost Tea Brewer
Our Price: $6,990.00

The Dirt Simple 1000 gallon compost tea brewer. For those who just want more! Ships freight, so please contact us for a shipping quote.
   
 

Despite all of the great things about compost and vermicompost, one of their shortcomings is their physical bulk.  Its sheer volume makes it difficult to use in areas like golf course greens, tee boxes, and front lawns. The labor required to apply compost is also very costly.

 

During the latter part of the 20th Century, a process was developed to remove the beneficial living organisms from the bulky compost, and Compost Tea was born.  The “brewing” of Compost Tea places high quality compost in a water bath and injects lots of air, enough air to dislodge the microbes from the surfaces of the compost/vermicompost and provide oxygen so they can multiply rapidly.  When certain food sources are added to the process, multiplication is very rapid, perhaps a hundred fold in a 24-hour period.  Now that the microbes are living in water instead of on the compost, application is very easy, although it must be completed quickly before the microbes begin to die.

 

Because compost tea is filled with living organisms, great care must be taken during application.  Dead microbes are not beneficial and, when left in brewing or application equipment, can actually be toxic to healthy microbes and to plants.  Equipment cleaning, or at least a procedure to limit the possibility of creating an unhealthy environment in the application equipment, is critical. 

 

Benefits

 

The benefits of quality compost and vermicompost are well known, having been the staple of successful gardening for centuries, long before commercial fertilizers were developed.  Quality compost and vermicompost are the result of millions of organisms & microbes breaking down complex organic matter into more simple structures.  Fundamentally, the “brewing” of compost tea is the process of transferring these microbes from the compost into a liquid.  This eliminates the bulk of the compost while enabling greater ease of application, including soil drenches and injections as well as foliar applications, which would be impossible in the compost form.

 

This tremendous diversity and quantity of healthy microbes has many benefits:

• Microbes decompose dead matter, like leaves and thatch, converting it into compost;

• Suppresses disease through competition, inhibition and consumption;

• Facilitates nutrient cycling, which in some cases cannot take place without microbes;

• Retains nutrients in the soil, reducing run-off, leaching, and volatilization;

• Helps convert nutrients into plant-available forms;

• Builds soil structure, increases water holding capacity, reduces water usage and,

• Reduces soil compaction, ultimately enabling deeper air, water and root penetration.

Benefits of Compost Tea