Compost Tea in Drip Irrigation
A year ago we installed drip irrigation into our garden rows. After years of watering by hand, or just plain not watering, we knew we needed something better.
Our goal is to eventually build up enough topsoil that we can wait out the dry months without the need for added irrigation. But, we are only in year two of a brand new garden spot so we definitely still need extra water, things just aren’t established yet.
By adding compost tea in drip irrigation we are making things easier and better all at once. A drip system makes watering much more effective and saves a lot on water (we use Drip Works).
Benefits of drip irrigation
Drip waters the soil at a rate that the soil can absorb, right where the plants drink it. We have also mulched over top of our drip so there is little evaporation. Another great benefit is that the weeds in pathways don’t get watered as much as when you use a sprinkler or hand water.
One of our new favorite reasons to use drip irrigation is that we can add inputs into the drip and it’s delivered to the plants. It’s automatically highly diluted as it mixes with the water so you don’t have to worry about overdoing it.
In the bucket above, #grim2 made me a compost tea of Comfrey and kelp that she let bubble with a fish tank aerator for 48 hours.
Comfrey is an amazing plant that is rich in all kinds of micro-nutrients. It enhances the decomposition of organic matter which releases more nutrition in the soil as well. This got me thinking that next, we’ll make a tea with stinging nettles. It is because they add a ton of goodness like Silica to the soil too.
In our orchard, we grow Stinging Nettles all around our fruit trees. Because of that, we have plenty when its time to make tea.
Make your soil happier and healthier
The key to healthy plants is healthy soil. To get healthy soil you need healthy bacterial and fungal activity. And to get the healthy fungal and bacterial activity you need to feed them. You need to avoid inputs that destroy them.
Thanks to the drip and the organic inputs our soil is even happier and doing better than it has yet!
Have you ever made your own compost tea?
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