Central Otago Mirror - - GARDENING -

Ev­ery­thing is grow­ing at su­per­sonic rates, so needs feed­ing. I make com­post tea on a large scale and use it through­out the sum­mer. Make it by sub­merg­ing plants in wa­ter and al­low­ing them to com­post into a liq­uid form. Any­thing can be used – even com­post and weeds – and each in­gre­di­ent brings slightly dif­fer­ent el­e­ments into the mix. Like com­post, as well as the nu­tri­ents in­volved, it will also con­tain a range of bi­o­log­i­cal com­pounds ben­e­fi­cial to your soil life, and like com­post, these re­quire oxy­gen to sur­vive. Stag­nant wa­ter and liq­ue­fy­ing plant ma­te­rial quickly be­come anaer­o­bic so you need to add air to the mix. I do this with a bub­bler on a timer (an aquar­ium pump works well) or you can tip it from bucket to bucket a cou­ple of times

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