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Used one of those bubbly larger-than-fishtank aerators last summer, made a pleasant smelling compost tea with it that nourished the garden well. Then came winter and it froze before i got the chance to empty it. Then came spring and i thought i'd better empty it before summer technically arrives. So I wonder if it's productive to use a stanky anaerobic compost "tea" on gardens, trees or only on compost piles? What am i afraid of, pathogens? I dunno -- fear itself? 'Kind of an academic question at this point. I put it on a few trees and a compost pile, then it started to rain, like tropical cats & dogs style! I planted thru some of it, but enuf was enuf now back warm and dry. 
 
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No, I would totally use it. I use anaerobic exclusively now. It's good for fertilizing.
 
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Thanks David! Please tell why? I haven't fired up my aerator yet this year. Dunno if it'll work, so could save me time, money & trouble were i convinced anaerobic is preferable to aerobic, or if the diff is negligible then why jump thru its hoops
 
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Many of the anaerobic bacteria are what are known as facultative anaerobes.  They quickly revert back to thriving on oxygen when taken out of the state that put them in anaerobic mode.  Many people put some manure in a pail with some water and let it be, and then water their tomatoes with this.  It is rank stank stuff, but, somehow, it works.  If it's not too much work, you could fire up your bubbler and get the system into super aerobic mode again.  No harm done, from what I understand.
 
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If I wanted to just breed aerobic bacteria and use them to treat fungal diseases on plants or colonize the soil, I might make some aerobic compost tea. What I really want, though, is to feed my plants and stretch fertility as far as possible. With that in mind, I throw leaves, weeds, manure, urine, compost, seaweed or whatever else I can find in a big barrel, then let it ferment.

Somebody once asked me about my recipe so I posted a video on it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZquKZ6EVEY

It's like bin composting. There's always someone that will say YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG!!! Nature is a marvelous composter, though, and ignores the rules.
 
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Thank you both. I've no fungal probs so yeah, i wanna build soil TCEC, friability. Both those go hand in hand. Sadly, my prax lags behind this understanding. Planting seems impossible thru kooch/quack/twitch grass root matting, also with all the other weeds...i like to eat, BTW. They say even kooch roots have inulin & other nutritional benefits. But i dont eat 'em...yet. I read Masanoba Fukuoka almost 20 yrs ago, and still only recently realized his reason behind, for instance, his random broadcast of seedballs, densely even, if i remember correctly. That eventually what you want to take root and proliferate would overtake...really? This combined with an abundance of well sourced mulch work so we dont have to disturb soil structural integrity. Saddens me I feel i gotta dig up soil, partic those areas of our garden with reasonably good friability. ...Huh, bokashi is anaerobic and fermented yet doesn't stink...or does it? Of course it doesn't stink when confined in a drum, crock or whatever, but i think they referring to the finished product, but i've found aerobic compost tea smells way better than when left to open fester. i guess that's not anaerobic like under airlock or in a harsch. I watched one of David's youtube vid, the one attached to this post and noticed you didn't mention molasses. I guess that's just for yeast to eat. Well lock me in the beginner's forum! OgreNick
 
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