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mailtonataraj
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July 2, 2012 - 8:51 am
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Dear fellow gardeners, can anyone help in suggesting the procedure to prepare tea compost? Checked in the net and found We need to add molasses? Not sure if this is essential. Also what is the ratio of water to compost? How long to brew? How concentrated will be the base tea compost?

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Hi,

 

After having experimented with hydroponics, it is compost tea that is catching my attention. I am planning to get into brewing some of my own. I did one batch last week. Anyway, I suggest that you look up the videos by Bruce Deuley on Youtube. It will take you a few hours to go through these videos but it is probably worth spending the time. Here's the link.

Bacteria need sugars to feed and multiply. Hence it is necessary to use molasses. I have used Jaggery in its place. I am not sure how good of a substitute it is. Some sites even suggest white sugar.

 

My first attempt at composting at home failed miserably. I hope to get some tips from the experts (Biju, Camaroon???) on vermicomposting.

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Hi Nataraj and Srikanth,

 

As Srikanth said bacteria needs sugar/sweet medium to multiply and grow. I have used molasses as well as jaggery. Make sure there isn't too much chemicals/adulteration in it. Both work just fine.

The brewing time is approx. 24-36 hours. By then you should get a very sweet smell. If you get foul smell then something went wrong and you wouldn't want to use it.

 

The ratio I use is 1:10. i.e 1 cup of compost tea to 10 cups of water. There is no harm if you add too much compost tea. You can use it even with out wadding water. It does not burn the plant.

 

Best

Biju

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Where do we get molasses? In medical shops?

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Not sure. You may want to try in big retail food stores like Food world etc.

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i have planned to use Sugarcane juice in place of molasses. Trust this is OK.

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