compost tea

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by phasthound, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    There were about a dozen or so of us at Elaine Ingham's compost tea class yesterday. It was great, wish I had the time to be there for the full 5 day course. Maybe someone else will chime in about those days.

    Probably the most important thing I learned was that heat & UV does not have the detrimental effect on microbes as I had thought & have heard mentioned many times. Elaine recounted a study she had done where they were applying tea with one of those large pivot sprayers used in agriculture. It took 36 hours for the sprayer to complete its circuit. She suggested to the farmer that it should be shut down between 10 AM & 2 PM during the hottest & most intense UV hours. Farmer said no. She tested foliar for live microbes before & after, all areas increased by the same amount regardless of temp & UV at time of application.
     
  2. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I had wondered why no one ask me about the light in my brewer. you know you can bend the growth curve with light.......... leds are cool...........

    how was the food???
     
  3. cudaclan

    cudaclan LawnSite Member
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    But UV sterilizers are used to control algae in ponds (?). There has to be some casualties.
     
  4. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    UVGI utilises the short wavelength of UV that is harmful to forms of life at the micro-organic level. It is effective in destroying the nucleic acids in these organisms so that their DNA is disrupted by the UV radiation, which is a form of ionising radiation. This removes their reproductive capabilities and/or kills them. The wavelength of UV that causes this effect is rare on Earth as its atmosphere blocks it. Using a UVGI device in certain environments like circulating air or water systems creates a deadly effect on micro-organisms such as pathogens, viruses and molds that are in these environments. Coupled with a filtration system, UVGI can remove harmful micro-organisms from these environments.
     
  5. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I choked on the kelp, but the molasses was good. :)
     
  6. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    no fish oil?? patis is one of my all time favorites
     
  7. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
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    I use light with my brewers always; translucent barrels. Since I had to brew in our 1200 gal. outside under the sun (100F+ outside) and saw that there were enormous numbers of microbes, I've practiced this.
     
  8. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
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    bar,

    i know you asked doc I some other good important questions? care to share?
     
  9. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Charlie, ya should a been there. :)

    I did ask a lot of questions. Trouble is, I just absorb things & they don't come out again til I need them.

    Maybe the other Jersey boy can chime in when he gets home.
     
  10. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know the feeling:)
     

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