bill archer wrote:Came across this video today:
The guy uses weeds from the garden in a bucket with water, he allows it to break down over a couple of weeks and uses the resulting mixture in a 2-1 ratio as fertilizer.
Wondering if anyone has tried this?
Can this also work with thistles? How about stinky chamomile? Any risk of spreading weeds?
Juan Sebastian Estrada wrote:Well yes, if you can aerate then it is ideal. However some people say that you can just cover it and let it seat for some weeks while it ferments, and in this way the material will most likely become anaerobic.
Thekla McDaniels wrote:As Juan says, anaerobic fermentations, whether teas or piles, create substances toxic to plants. The decomposition of your weeds or grass clippings is where this thread starts, but there are micro-organisms participating in the decomposition process. Which micro organisms is determined by the conditions in the broth/pile. The anaerobic organisms make some lethal things, and gasses are lost to the atmosphere as well. Since we all breathe it, my bias is to keep it clean.
Things that contribute to anaerobic conditions: LOTS of microbes in the same soup, so maybe keep the mixture lean. Ingham recommends a light covering of alfalfa leaves in the bottom of a bucket, which you add some water to, then let it sit 48 hours. This will grow plenty of protozoans. I tried it. If I had started with a LOT of alfalfa in the same amount of water, there would have been a different set of organisms, because so many of them would deplete the oxygen stores and the anaerobes would multiply.
but won't that amount of sugar generate more alcoholic compounds?