Compost tea

by Larry Moore
(Toledo Oh.)

I have built an ebb and flow system with 12 Gal in the nutrient tank. I would like to make compost tea from real backyard compost to use for the solution. Question is how much do I add to the tank? Also to what level should the solution come up to on the plant basket when flooding? I am growing herbs. Legal ones.LOL

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Answer from Stella/Simon:

Hi Larry,
Although hydroponics lends itself wonderfully to experimentation and "recycling", we have never tried compost tea.

Why? Since there is no soil involved in hydro, only inert supportive materials like perlite and coco coir, you must supply your plants with the full spectrum of macro and micro nutrients they require, and in the proper ratios. (For a thorough discussion, read this page):

Hydroponic Solution.

It might be hard to give your plants all that they need with compost tea; but give it a try if you want, might work.

As far as how high to flood the pots, just so the bottoms are submerged and the medium inside the pots wick up the solution (maybe 1/4th way up the pot minimum).

Hope this helps!

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Dec 18, 2011
Basil yield
by: Larry Moore

Thanks for your answer. I was also wondering if anyone has an idea of how many oz of leaves on average one plant can produce?

Apr 20, 2015
My planned Compost Tea setup
by: Robert Miller

I have yet to buy my land, but this is the setup I intend to build. I will raise Rabbits for meat and manure since I live north of Latitude 55' Tilapia might cost a fortune to heat water for.
Rabbits are cold weather hardy given the proper housing. I will use a 500 gallon tank and all my rabbit manure and waste will go into the tank. I'll have air stones and earthworms. The tank will be my sump and my reservoir.

It will supply my flood & drain and tower gardens. I am very new to this so there may be problems I don't foresee.

I hope to start building this system in the next 3 months.

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