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Compost tea application and coverage rate

 
J Argyle
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I have been applying 5-10 gallons compost tea/ worm tea to my garden. It is about a 1000 sq feet, and I am applying it at a rate of 1 part tea to 4 parts water. I am in Sonoma County California. I am new to compost tea, and I researched it a bit, and rates vary from site to site, and company.

What are others application rates? Have you noticed any benefit from doing a soil soak?
 
Rob Browne
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I try to syncronise my compost tea application with a rain event. I generally cut it about five to one and just sprinkle it on. Seems to be working for me but my conditions may be very different to yours.
 
R Scott
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What I do on the garden is very different than what I do in the orchard or pasture.

Garden is very similar to Rob, thin it about 2-4 to one (a quart or two of tea in a 5 liter watering can) and water it in before a rain or regular watering to wash it in. Just thinned down enough to make it go as far as I need it to that day.

For the orchard or pasture it gets thinned more like 20 to 1 so it will run through the electric sprayer without plugging up. and so the same small tea brewer can cover acres instead of square feet.
 
J Argyle
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Thanks for your responses. We do not get a lot of rain here, but when it does I try to time it with the rain. How often do you both apply compost tea?
 
chad Christopher
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So so many variables, way more than i am willing to type, so here is one of the most extensive websites on tea, that i have bookmarked.

http://www.compostjunkie.com/compost-tea-recipe.html
 
R Scott
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I apply it when I have time to make it, which is probably not the best time. But I figure any is better than none. Usually the brief lull in late spring after planting.
 
J Argyle
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Thanks for the website, Chad. Lot of great info on that site. R. Scott, thanks for your feedback, and response.
 
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