Compost Tea FAQs
Sustainable gardening is on the rise. There is increasingly more evidence that avoiding manmade chemicals in your garden benefits your health as well as the environment. Amending the soil organically increases the nutrition of your food as well as decreasing water usage and maintaining the safety of our groundwater. Compost and compost tea are key components in the preservation of soil health.
SoilSoup compost tea provides superior liquid compost that can be easily brewed in 24 hours. SoilSoup greatly improves the tilth of the soil by infusing it with billions of microbes to help meet the carbon needs of your garden.
Why are microbes so important?
- They form a complex symbiotic relationship with roots
- Microbes trap nitrogen and make it plant available
- They convert rocks and clay into plant available fertilizer
- They make hormones and other chemical agents required for growth
- They degrade harmful manmade chemicals left in the soil
- They produce glue like material that improves soil structure and increases water retention
What is the shelf life of the SoilSoup Nutrient Solution?
Until the bottle is opened, there is no limit to the shelf life. Once opened there is the possibility for contamination and it is recommended that you promptly cap after dispensing.
What is the shelf life of the SoilSoup Worm Compost?
The worm compost will degrade over time and you will realize best results if it is consumed within 2 growing seasons. Store in a cool dark place to maintain quality.
What are the input ratios when brewing SoilSoup Compost Tea?
No matter what size brewer (7G, 25G, 500G), the ratios remain constant and are listed below:
- 1 Gallon of water
- 1 ounce of SoilSoup Nutrient Solution
- 1/4 cup of worm compost
What is the shelf life of freshly brewed SoilSoup Compost Tea?
It is best to apply SoilSoup within 24/hrs after the end of a brewing cycle.
How does temperature effect the time needed to complete the SoilSoup Compost Tea brewing cycle?
A little extra heat will accelerate the SoilSoup brewing process. Soil microbes grow at a rate determined by temperature. For optimum growth the temperature should be 86 degrees F., at this temperature the initial brew will take 24 hours and population doubling will occur every 30 minutes. For every 10 degrees F. below 86 degrees the time required will double.
- 86 degrees F. = 24/hrs
- 76 degrees F. = 48/hrs
- 66 degrees F. = 96/hrs
- 50 degrees F. or less = will not work
How do I know when the SoilSoup Compost Tea is ready?
- There is a ring of “bio-slime” around the inside of the container
- There is brownish foam on top of the SoilSoup
- There is an “earthy” aroma from the SoilSoup
- Prior to being fully brewed, it will have a slightly sweet odor from the nutrient solution not yet being fully consumed by the growing microbial population
Do I need to remove the chlorine from my water before I brew SoilSoup Compost Tea?
If you are on a municipal water supply, it is important that you “deplete” any added chlorine or chlorimine prior to starting your SoilSoup brew. Listed below are a few options for getting chlorine out of your water:
- After filling up your pail or tub with water, run the BioBlender for a minimum of 2 hours in the water without any nutrient or compost mixed in
- After filling up your pail or tub of water, let it sit uncovered for 2 to 3 days, to let the chlorine gas off
- If you want to speed up the process, purchase a water filter that removes chlorine
We also recommend utilizing test strips to confirm the chlorine has been removed.