Making Compost Tea With Ryan

Posted by Sharkey

Ryan decided it was time to mix up a very special brew of tea for all of the plants in the greenhouse.  It's compost tea made in the Compost Tea System from Growing Solutions.  It's a wonderful organic way of feeding and the plants really like it!

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Ryan, I see that you are getting ready to mix up a batch of compost tea using the Compost Tea System from Growing Solutions.

1 Ryan, I see that you are getting ready to mix up a batch of compost tea using the Compost Tea System from Growing Solutions.

The instructions for making the tea are attached to the tank.

2 The instructions for making the tea are attached to the tank.

Be sure to read the instructions carefully.  We don't need to mix a bad batch.

3 Be sure to read the instructions carefully. We don't need to mix a bad batch.

Step 1 – Fill the tank with water to the appropriate gallon marker.  There, that looks about right.  Now turn it on and aerate for 30 minutes to allow any chlorine to escape from treated water.

4 Step 1 – Fill the tank with water to the appropriate gallon marker. There, that looks about right. Now turn it on and aerate for 30 minutes to allow any chlorine to escape from treated water.

Next, we need to add 8 oz. of Compost Tea Catalyst to the water.  The Catalyst is a unique blend of ingredients formulated to stimulate diverse microbial growth during aerated compost tea production.

5 Next, we need to add 8 oz. of Compost Tea Catalyst to the water. The Catalyst is a unique blend of ingredients formulated to stimulate diverse microbial growth during aerated compost tea production.

The Catalyst contains seaweed extract and mineral powder and other important botanical ingredients.

6 The Catalyst contains seaweed extract and mineral powder and other important botanical ingredients.

Next, Ryan, half fill the Compost Tea System Basket with good organic Compost.

7 Next, Ryan, half fill the Compost Tea System Basket with good organic Compost.

Then, lower the Compost Basket into the system.

8 Then, lower the Compost Basket into the system.

Allow the System to run for 24 hours to complete the batch of finished compost tea.  I can tell, this is going to be a really good brew!

9 Allow the System to run for 24 hours to complete the batch of finished compost tea. I can tell, this is going to be a really good brew!

24 hours later - Yup!  This smells like the real deal.

10 24 hours later - Yup! This smells like the real deal.

One more ingredient - a Catalyst Booster.  Added at the end of the cycle, the Booster helps sustain microbial activity throughout the process of applying compost tea to it targeted environments.  It sounds complicated, but it isn't.

11 One more ingredient - a Catalyst Booster. Added at the end of the cycle, the Booster helps sustain microbial activity throughout the process of applying compost tea to it targeted environments. It sounds complicated, but it isn't.

Now we just have to discharge some of the finished compost tea into this watering can and get busy in the greenhouse.

12 Now we just have to discharge some of the finished compost tea into this watering can and get busy in the greenhouse.

Let's start by giving this zamia a good watering.  Martha brought it back from Florida and it's a really neat plant.

13 Let's start by giving this zamia a good watering. Martha brought it back from Florida and it's a really neat plant.

Zamia is a genus of cycad and if it grows anything like a cycad, it should do very well here, especially after all this compost tea.

14 Zamia is a genus of cycad and if it grows anything like a cycad, it should do very well here, especially after all this compost tea.

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  • First of all, go back to yesterday's blog and check out the good news. Rebel came through his surgery just fine and he got lots of support from us. Kook. For the newbies, we always go back to the day before and read the comments that were posted after we did. Lots of stuff goes on and we don't want to miss anything.
    Sharkey, you look so cute helping to make the compost tea. I was thinking. I wonder if Ryan could make moonshine tea in that compost machine. I see dollar signs. Hehehehehehehe
    We have snow and sleet and freezing rain here on the east coast. Can't make snow angels in this mess. Geez. Deck time is out. Bummer. I guess I will have to go back to bed and check back later to see if Mimi posts an update on our buddy and see what the rest of you maniacs are up to. Oh yeah, Missy Chow some of the stuff you are doing is not your fault. For example, a coat with faux fur on it should not be left out in the open. You saw the coat and you thought a poor little puppy was stuck to it so you just wanted to unstick it, that's all. If I were you, that is the story I would stick to.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hi everyone,
    I just wanted to tell Mimi that I am so happy for her that Rebel did well for his surgery. I know you must have been a nervous wreck but let's hope his health issues are all resolved now.
    Sharkey, you look like a puppy on these pictures. What is your secret? Did you have a spa day recently? You sure are cute, as is Francesca. GK is cute too but he would probably prefer the word handsome.
    I don't post often but I wanted to wish Rebel a speedy recovery and to welcome Molly and Jake and also Martha, Lucy and Riley. You don't know me but I am with Maddox and GK. This is the best blog going. You will have a lot of fun with the amazing and famous Glue Squad.
    Enjoy the day,
    Karen

  • Good Morning F & S

    Yahoo Rebel!! I'm so happy your surgery went well :)

    Sharkey you look like a chemist mixing all that stuff together - seems like a lot of work. Mom goes to Whole Foods and buys her tea for the plants. I don't know why they can't just drink the same tea mom does ??

    Rain, slush and YUK here today. I'm with you Maddox no deck time here today so I might as well just go back to bed. Plus I'm having some tummy issues, didn't eat my dinner and I never came down for breakfast this morning. I went outside did my business and now I'm going back to bed, maybe PMS? Hell no I have no girly parts - just a bad day :(

    Zoe

  • Compost Tea and scones? :)

    Gee, who knew that plant care was so involved. No wonder I don't have any luck keeping vegetation alive.

    Do all the plants/flowers get a slurp of tea? Or is the tea good for only certain varieties?

    It's snowing in New Hamspha' today. Grumble, grumble and more grumble!

    I'm ready for Spring! :)

    Happy Wednesday!
    gail

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Wow Sharkey, you might have to be Professor Maddox's student Professor, you are getting into so much thinking and chemistry. That compost tea sounds cool. Mom sure needed some for her greenhouse in the last few days. Even though there is heat, something went wrong and it got cold and she lost a few things. We are all so happy to here about Rebel. Now lots of "cc" (comfort and cuddle)time is in order for the entire family. Hear that Rebel, no "p and p" time (party and play) just yet. Ruby girl, can do enough of that for the entire Glue Squad. Oh Missy, don't feel bad about the "incident", we all have a few, and some of us kids, a few more than others. Just part of growing up I guess. Mom says I have to learn from my mistakes. That is easier said than done. Hey you newbies, I want to see photos of you. I am a visual learner Mom says. Anyway, look back to last week's posts about the middle and send your e-mail, if you like to Ann, Zoe's Mom and she gets it to those on the list and we can see photos of each other that way. I have never seen a bearded collie and Jake and Molly are you brindle or fawn or white? Baby Favor and Poco, this would be good to see you too. Baby Favor, I bet you look a lot like my Guadian Angel, Basil in color. And Pam from California, you need to let us know how you are doing. Well gang, have a GEM of a day and I will check back to see how the Rebel Man is doing.
    Love & licks,
    Ruby
    P.S. Laura, if you are still in charge of things on the blog, could you e-mail Mom, as she has a couple questions? Thanks, Ruby

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Tea for plants??? That’s a new one for me. I ran this by my Mommy and she said she has been serving “tea” to her plants for years. Guess I have not paid any attention to what she is doing. Too much nap time I guess. Zoe, you can send some of that rain down here, but please keep the slush and YUK. It’s another warm day here but it will be turning cooler in a few days; like in the 20’s at night. Now that’s my kind of weather.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Morning Girls & Glue Squad, Sharkey you have been very busy this week, overseeing the plants being transferred, now the compost tea, what's next? Frannie, on bug patrol, where's GK, what has he been up to?? Rebel, hope you are feeling much better today. Maddox, your reasoning on the fur is great, yes, a puppy who was stuck and I was only trying to help...that's it... I'm going to stick to that story, ;-) We're getting snow this morning then rain; so my outside snow time is soon; rain, no thanks. Will check back later. Zoe, hope your tummy feels better soon. Hi to all my buddies, hope everyone is well today.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Sharkey dearest, you look so adorable in these photos and I want to hug you to pieces! You are also very brilliant in sharing all of this information that you gave Ryan to make that fabulous compost tea for Martha's flowers! I love those flowers Martha got in Florida on her Christmas vacation! You, Franny, and GK are so wonderful to know! Dearest Rebel, I am so happy you are doing better! Maddox and Karen, it is always great to hear from both of you when ever possible! Sweet Zoe, sure hope you are feeling much better real soon and can eat again! Gail, we aren't having any snow, but it is really colder than usual here! Wish it was Spring, also! Ruby, you are becoming such a wonderful young lady who cares about all of us and I really care about you, too! Kirby, sure hope your tail is getting better and hope you get some cooler weather to enjoy! Missy Chow, you are another great young lady and sure hope you get to enjoy some snow and not rain! Will check back later to read about the rest of you great buddies! Hope all of you have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Howdy doody Sharkey girl,
    You are one smart cookie for sure. Mimi loves tea, too! Bet not the one that you made today.
    I went back and read the stink bug post. Too, funny. Eat those bugs, yes, eat those bugs. A little extra protein never hurt anybody.
    Rebel woke Papa up at midnight for a stroll around the yard. He is having a tough time with the cone. He's smart and will get the hang of it. Dr Becky stopped by the office already this morning & said Reb's eyes are looking good. He's snoring away in his bed right now. His pain medicine will help him sleep the day away.
    Rebel wants to thank Cora Belle for taking up the task of barking at critters and such while he is laid up. Zoe & Maddox, take it easy on the ice. We sure hope the winter weather doesn't mess "things" up too much. That goes for anyone living out East. Missy, listen to Dr. Maddox, you're a good girl. Rebel would have dragged that coat to the floor, laid on it & probably would find a bit to nibble on & get all slimy.
    Ruby, you are just our ball of fire, aren't you.
    Til tomorrow
    Your human pal,
    Sharon aka Mimi
    PS always a big thanks to Laura and the blog techs.

  • Hello Sharkey the Professor gardener girl,
    Sharkey, you look like a puppy today? Did you make some fountain of youth plant tea there? Very beautiful blonde fur too.
    Rebel, hope you feel much better real soon and so glad you made it safely through your eye surgery.
    Zoe, you are too funny. We love your sense of humor but hope you feel better with your tummy soon.
    OOOOOK- freezing rain, slush, snow here- can't walk outside without dragging my belly through all this cold white stuff. Mom said maybe I can have the day off? The schools are closed, do we have to drive to work? Maybe I can say the dog ate my homework and stay home and cuddle.
    Stay safe and warm glue squad buddies- Abby

  • I don't know if my GS buddies follow Miss Martha on Twitter, but she tweeted that poor Francesca has had some seizures and is on her way for an MRI. Please everyone say prayers for my baby girl.

  • Uhhhh Compost Tea!!!!! yummy for the plants...now I will make some tea for myself, since this sounded so good ;-) Sharkey you are so knowledgeable about everything...where was Frencesca...sleeping?
    Missy Chow, my German Shepherd named Senta chewed and tore my mom's beautiful Red Fox jacket into a million pieces, this was in 1955...PETA was not established then.;-)
    Rebel hope your day is bright, happy and feeling good.
    Lynn are my prayers working? are you feeling better? :-)
    Hug a pet today!
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Sharkey - you are our inspiration! we agree with Zoe that you are about as smart as smart can be! Perhaps we can nickname you Prof!

    Jake and I are so happy to wake up and hear that Rebel is doing well. Thanks for the quick update to us all Sharon.

    Now one new question, as Jake and I are new here, why are we called the Glue Squad? I'm sure it will be quite interesting to hear how that came to be.

    Thanks,

    Molly

  • Sharkey maybe that Tea compost has a 'young again' potion mix in it. You look so cute here.

    Thank you Baby Favor for the important update on Francesca. Martha's tweets were lost in the mix. I feel so awful that I forgot to wish Franny her 8th B-Day last month! I am saying prayers and sending the warmest thoughts to her.

    Rebel sweetie, thank goodness you are doing well after your surgery. Do get some much needed rest. Missy Chow, definitely go with the puppy story and a big puppy eye smile too! :smile:

  • ...we used to make compost tea..we used droppings from Quigley the guinea pig and mixed it with water..plants grew like crazy!..Now Zoe, an upset tummy, no good..I get upset tummy sometimes..no fun...so today I will bark at critters and act nuaghty for both you and Rebel..I ran on the beach yesterday like I was a puppy and I am sore today..it was funny, James, the old gomer, couldn't keep up with me to slow me down... I love the salt air and the west wind blowing in my face..just like a drug for me!!(I do it to keep he and Lucinda on their toes, plus being blind..nothing I can run into!)..so an extra pain pill for me and rest on my electric dog heating pad..plus today is the 16th of the month and I am celebrated every 16th until my birthday in May..I heard talk of new toy for my pre-17 gift..I"ll let you all know tomarrow...can hardly wait..over and out, love, Cora-Belle

  • OMG!!! I go outside and help Dad awhile and Francesca has to go to the hospital. OMG OMG OMG someone let us know how she is doing. I don't tweet, I bark. Mom said Basil had a seisure one time and it was pnuemonia. Prayers to you Franny and Baby Favor. I know Mama Martha has the best doctors to take care of Franny.
    Love your buddy,
    Ruby

  • Mom says she must be a touch slow in the haid, but she can't find the email address to be able to get us all in touch. She also has made some comment about throwing her computer across the room in the last couple of weeks, so it's probably her problem. Anyway, HELP!

  • Straight from Martha's Twitter feed:

    Martha Stewart ‏@MarthaStewart
    For those of you who know francesca the frenchie-looks like a ruptured disc in her neck-on steroids and bed rest. No tumor!

    Martha posted this approx.3:07pm today!

  • Hi Baby Favor, I have been able to see Martha's tweets all day and have been so worried about Francesca and am so glad that Martha said she was doing better after visit to the Vet! She has a ruptured disc in her neck, but no tumor and is now sleeping! My prayers have been with her all day and continue with her and Martha! God Bless our sweet hearts! Love, Dudley Do Right and Jan XOXOXO+

  • Baby Favor, it is no wonder you can't find the e-mail address for the Glue Squad with you being so concerned right now for Francesca sweet one. Zoe's Mom, Ann, has the list and those that like to share photos, this is a "good thing." She posted it on Januaray 9th and for all those looking to exchange photos and whatevers, this is the Glue Squad contact e-mail to send your e-mail to: abrennan@coretile.com

    Thanks Baby Favor and I look forward to seeing you!!!
    Lynn (Ruby's Mom)

  • Hi everyone,
    Gee, we have sicko's again. Zoe, what is with your stomach ache? I think your stomach is craving TP. I hope it gets better real quick. Cora-belle, you wild child. Running on the beach, barking at all the critters. Good for you girlfriend. However I would not make James and Lucinda chase you too far or your favorite article of clothing might come out of the wardrobe and we all know what that is. Hehehehehe
    Baby Favor, I will tell Karen to check out the tweets. I only have a Facebook page and I post on here. I hope Francesca will be alright. You know the Glue Squad will all be pulling for her. Molly, I came up with that name and the rest all seemed to like it. There are regulars on this blog, people and animals that post just about every day. I noticed that if one of us wasn't feeling well, we were all sending comments being very supportive. If one of us didn't post for a few days we were all worried that something was wrong. I said we should call ourselves the Glue Squad because we all care deeply for one another and yet we have never met. That is pretty special. I said that we all stick together like glue and that is when the Glue Squad was formed. We have some that start posting and then we don't hear from them for a long time and then they post once in a great while. That is nice when anyone comments but the Glue Squad is special. We let each other know if we are going on vacation and won't be posting for a while or if we are sick and want to get some rest for a few days , etc

  • Sorry, pushed wrong button again. But I was going to say the real Glue Squad members are the ones who you will see on here just about every day. I hope that answered your question Molly. Again, lets all have positive thoughts for Zoe and especially for Francesca.
    Thank you for updating us on Rebel Mimi
    Maddox

  • Hi Frannie, Thinking of you tonight and hope you will be feeling better soon. I will keep my paws crossed for a quick recovery. I'm sure Sharkey & GK will take good care of you. Hi everyone, hope you are all doing well tonight.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Once again, we all owe a high five to the DW staff for posting our comments during the off hours. Please tell Martha we are all very concerned about Franny and we hope she gets better as fast as she can. Thank you!
    Maddox

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