Aerobic Comfrey Tea Update

As mentioned in an earlier post, I was looking for and found my “bubbler” from the old tank, complete with the hose and a small air stone.  Cut down a lot of comfrey, put about 1/4 of a bucket full (compressed with a rock), added water, started the bubbler and added the lid.  Within two days, it was a dark muddy color, and didn’t stink.  I didn’t stick my face in it, but it didn’t knock me over when I removed the lid, either.  This is a good thing, since it’s right near our front door!  Have a lot more comfrey I can experiment with, but I may just continue to aerate five gallon buckets full throughout the rest of the summer.

Aerobic Compost Tea – look up  Dr. Elaine Ingham “…Bacteria-dominated compost is best suited to vegetables and herbs, while fungi-dominated compost is good for berries and fruit trees. …”

“… For a four gallon batch, continue to aerate the brew for twenty four hours.  The aerobic tea is ready to use when it has either an earthy or “yeasty” smell or a foamy layer on top. If it smells bad, continue to aerate it until the smell goes away…”  -from http://burlingtonpermaculture.weebly.com/uploads/4/2/8/9/4289790/liquid_fertilizers_handout.pdf

Related:

http://commonfarm-theflowerfarmer.blogspot.com/2011/05/comfrey-tea-how-to-because-plants-need.html

http://www.goldsilverchat.com/BBchat/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=7439

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One comment on “Aerobic Comfrey Tea Update
  1. Charles Kelm says:

    Thank you. I will start aerating my comfrey tea. I liked your reference to Ingham. She does tell people NOT to use airstones, since they make the tea become anaerobic. She says you’re fine without them.

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