The difference between compost, compost tea, and extract

What is compost?
Compost is the end product of decomposed organic matter that is aerobic and full of active beneficial soil microorganisms.

What is compost tea?
Compost tea is soil microorganisms extracted from compost into a continually oxygenated water process with added foods to proliferate appropriate beneficial soil microbiology for 24-48 hrs.

**If well aerated, must be used within 4-6 hours.

What is compost extract ?
Compost extract is soil microorganisms extracted from compost into water.
**Must be used within 2-4 hours

Different methods of composting are static, vermi, and thermal.

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Yes, trees do communicate.

We destroy what we do not understand. It is time to recognize this and educate ourselves about the world around us. Trees communicate with each other underground through the intelligent network of mycelium. Fungi is very important in our soils, and by watching this video you will recognize this as well.

You see what is hidden is not “bad” 😉

Check out this video with love and care. ❤

 

Mycelium, anyone?

Look at what I have found! Yep, Mycelium or really dense fungal hyphae. ❤ So apparently, if you leave your wood chip pile exposed to the elements it turns into your fungal inocluant pile.

Nature’s way is the best way!

Enjoy! ❤ ❤

Compost Maturity

“And while sensitive plant species and seedlings require a high degree of maturity, other plants, such as many field and row crops, orchards, pastures, and turf, are more tolerant of a compost’s continuing biological activity.”

Make sure that it is a vegetarian compost pile. If you use manure as your high nitrogen it is best to let it mature before applying the compost- for safety sake.

check out this PDF: http://www.compost.org/pdf/sheet_4.PDF

Lessons from Baby Jesus

We attempted to build a winter pile named, Baby Jesus… long story. We used llama manure, hay, wood chips, and leaves. The pile had  gotten very hot!

DSCN0839 However, did not stay hot for 15 days or made 5 turns within the time span. BUMMER! We’ll just have to try again. After the attempt I realized that I should of used 25% high nitrogen instead of 20% high nitrogen. The cold winter is teaching this Texan some things for sure.

1. It’s very cold and it is tricky to keep the pile hot enough for  certain span of time.

2. If you are wanting something, you really gotta slow down, observe, and  understand what is going on (very humbling).

3. I can not expect to be perfect, EVER! Just keep trying again and again!