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Old 05-26-2011, 08:50 PM
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Unfinished compost fr making tea

I am doing compost apps in the next week or so. My compost pile is coming along but based on the last week of decomp, i'm putting it at 50-50 the compost will be finished in time. Then it occurs to me, why would the compost need to be finished for CT?????

Am I missing something, or should I just go ahead and use my close-to-finished compost in the tea, then throw it back on the pile and let it finish before I use iut on lawns or gardens?
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:14 PM
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unfinished compost can contain e-coli etc. just like improperly finished compost. ct's can breed these bacteria
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:41 AM
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my compost bin is made of snow fencing, so it is open-air. i turn the pile pretty much daily, and it is never saturated with water. it gets its moisture from small amounts of rain that are allowed to drop in through perforations on the tarp roof, and from the moisture in the grass clippings that i throw in the pile. it has the right earthy smell, etc. i have no reason to believe that the compost yield is going to be anything less than great.

assuming i have sufficient air circulation when brewing and don't let it sit too long before application, is there any reason to suspect it would turn anaerobic or promote the growth of pathogens?
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This may help. Woods End Labs http://woodsend.org/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0I3D...eature=related
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:35 PM
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interesting video phast, although bill nye would have been better for the video to hold viewers' attention......

keep in mind, i would never put unfinished compost on lawns or gardens (unless i was going to throw it on a weed-infested garden, which i would consider). i'm just thinking about compost tea only....
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Old 05-29-2011, 06:31 PM
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interesting video phast, although bill nye would have been better for the video to hold viewers' attention......

keep in mind, i would never put unfinished compost on lawns or gardens (unless i was going to throw it on a weed-infested garden, which i would consider). i'm just thinking about compost tea only....
Scientists are not always the best communicators.

No matter how good you are at brewing compost tea, it can only be as good as the compost used. If the compost isn't finished, the tea will most likely be inferior because the right organisms may not be present.
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So here is a question then, how do the organisms get in the compost?
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