Now that we have commenced the vegetative growing stage, it is important to begin increasing the numbers and activating the soil microbes. In order to do this, one good tool to use is Actively Aerated Compost Teas.
Compost tea puts the microbiology back into soil. Since you cannot immediately introduce all microbiology into the rhizosphere or phyllosphere with just compost or mulches, AACTs are needed via a root drench or foliar spray.
Actively aerated compost teas are usually easy to apply--- to both soil and leaf surfaces---and are put right where they are needed. They are a fast, inexpensive, and excellent way to manage soil food web microbiology in your containers.
Simply get an air stone, tubing, air pump and 5 gallon bucket to make your brewer.
An AACT just mixed using the recipe below. This mixture will be applied both foliarly and via root drench onto my Blueberry plants when it is ready, in 24-48 hours.
For vegetative teas, I use:
4 Gallons of Sat-Out, Chlorine Free (Must be chlorine free or it will kill the microbes)
5 TBSP Molasses
5 TBSP Pressed Kelp
10 TBSP of Peruvian Seabird Guano
2 TBSP Worm Castings
1 TSP Azomite
1 TBSP Concentrated Organic Soil Mix
1 TBSP Alaskan Humus
Mix all together and aerate for 24-48 hours, until you see a nice froth forming at the top after at least 24 hours. Then water into your vegetative plants normally.
If your plants could kiss you, they would.