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Teas...willing to share your recipe??

Discussion in 'Organics' started by David Ferguson, Feb 6, 2018.

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    David Ferguson

    David Ferguson Active Member

    I wanted to know if anyone would be willing to share their organic nutrient tea recipe? It would be very helpful and I will be more than willing to share mine right back although I am not so sure that mine is awesome yet or not. If you do share please let me know exactly what soil this is going into as well. If no one shares because they want to keep their secret recipe to themselves I understand. However any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much.
     
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    Rasta Roy

    Rasta Roy Well-Known Member



     
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    Rasta Roy

    Rasta Roy Well-Known Member

    Top dressings are the way to go. 1/2 cup per 10 to 15 gallon container of neem seed meal, fish bone meal, kelp meal. along with a few big handfuls of compost.

    Or if you've got a worm bin you can do what I do and just mulch with handfuls of castings every three to six weeks when your castings are ready to harvest.
     
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    Richard Drysift

    Richard Drysift Well-Known Member

    Very much agree with roy on this. It is far better to put what they need in the mix itself or as a top dress on a container than to try and use AACTs to feed your plants. Teas do help maintain an active soil food web by increasing microbial activity. No secrets here...
    You'll need to give teas more often when establishing a new mix. After a few recycles your soil should be active enough to go longer without as much need for them; especially if you add plenty of worm castings to the mix directly. I give teas maybe about once a month and only when plants are in late veg or early flowering. Each plant might get only one or two teas over their entire lifespan
    That being said here are tried and true tea recipes. I use a couple variations depending upon stage of growth. Try to use less ingredients the later they are into bloom phase. For 3-5 gal of non-chlorinated water:
    Base tea
    2-4 cups EWC
    1 tblspn molasses
    1-3 tblspn kelp meal

    Option 1
    1 tsp per gal Neptunes harvest liquid fish (optional)

    Option 2
    3-7 pellets seabird or bat guano (optional)

    Bubble vigorously for 24-48+ hours; adding a fish tank heater can help increase activity even further.
    Keep it simple
     
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    hillbill

    hillbill Well-Known Member

    I top dress once at 4 weeks with my castings and fish bone meal. Yes, I also use teas but my teas are not as strong as most I see. My plants are in small containers with organic mix and alternate compost tea, Alfalfa/Kelp tea and clear water. My feeding tea uses 1/2 tablespoon Alfalfa and Kelp each per gallon. I use this for flowers and ornamentals also with great results.

    Teas may be overdone and overhyped at times but a great many of us find them to be very useful.
     
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