High quality, aerobic compost tea is made from diverse sources of composts and other natural ingredients. The “brewer” extracts the beneficial microbes from these composts etc., and with the addition of food sources for the microbes to grow on, these microbes will multiply many times over. Oxygen levels are maintained at a high level to ensure that only beneficial aerobic microbes reproduce and grow.
These beneficial microbes have a variety of jobs including:
In the soil:
- Breaking down crop residues, reducing sites that over-winter disease
- Attacking disease organisms
- Fixing nitrogen
- Releasing soil nutrients
- Adding organic matter back into soil as they build humus
On the leaves:
- Protect leaf surfaces
- Symbiotic relationship with leaves – (they feed each other)
By adding these beneficial microbes back into the soil and onto the leaves, you are replenishing this invisible army, so it can go to work for you.