Tea recipe for no till soilOn August 10, 2017 by darren
Part of the no till soil system is feeding the microbial’s that reside on the roots of the plants and worms in the soil that together “nutrientize” your plants. This system is natural, similar to your backyard tree, flower, or grass. Once acquired this system requires very little maintenance.
The quality of ingredients used to make your tea will directly determine the outcome of your plants. Do not use anything non-organic & always start with new products. This tea takes 18 hours to make.
Items you will need:
- 5 gallon bucket
- Aquarium air pump
- Ceramic Air Stone Bubble Disk Aerator
- 2′ Organic uncoated wooden stick
- 4.5 gallons of water
- 16 ounces (one solo cup full) of organic worm castings
- 1/2 liquid cup of organic blackstrap molasses
Conditional mix additions:
- 1-2 tbs organic aloe powder (before & after transplanting)
- Organic seeds sprouted: Quinoa, Corn, Wheat, Clover (for microbial boost but must add another 1/2 cup of organic blackstrap molasses to mix)
- 1-2 tbs organic neem seeds (for pest control of soil used only pre worm & microbial insertion and before planting)
- If hard water or other water conditions exist then water may need to be oxygenated or “bubbled” 4 – 6 hours BEFORE tea creation. Test the starting condition of your water source. Ideal starting water ph is between 5 and 6.4. (Note: if the chlorination level is high you might need to “bubble” before creation)
and down to the dirty stuff… how you make it.
1. Mix In 5 gallon bucket with wooden stick:
- Organic worm castings
- 4.5 gallons water (ph 5-6.4)
- 1/2 cup organic molasses (If soil becomes sticky reduce amount)
- Conditional mix additions
2. Place “fish tank” ceramic aerator with tubing attached at the bottom of the 5 gallon bucket.
3. Attach the other end of the tubing to the aquarium air pump.
Time to “bubble” –
4. Turn on aquarium air pump.
5. There should be air bubbles coming from the ceramic aerator at the bottom of the tea mix in the 5 gallon bucket.
6. Stir tea with the 2 foot organic stick. It should be long and wide enough to scrape the bottom of the bucket and stir up worm castings or other sediment. Scrape off anything that may be stuck to the side.
7. Dry the stick and place it across the top of the bucket. This will help when the bubbles (microbial’s) start to form on the top.
8. Now, let the mixture bubble for 18 hours. Yes, 18 hours. Organically the right microbial’s are formed upon the 18th hour. Keep stirring the mixture, scrapping the bottom & sides periodically during the 18 hours. Dry and replace the stick on top for microbial control.
9. At the 18th hour it is time for application to the soil. Keeping the oxygen running, stirring occasionally, scoops of tea are applied to each planter, microbial richest (top bubbles) tea nearest the stem, circling out. Apply up to 2 cups per 1 gallon planter while in veg. Apply up to 10 cups per 5 gallon planter while in flower or equivalent per planter size.
10. If tea retention is a problem because of worm aeration; In the future use less worms per planter. Remember, they multiply quickly. To correct apply less than 1 liquid cup (or until flows out planter bottom quickly, less than 1 cup ok) of AERATED WATER ONLY to each 1 gallon planter, 4 hours before applying tea. Increase the amount for larger planters.