Do you love your morning cup of tea? Well, our plants and soil here at Pigman’s Produce Patch does too! Now, we don’t give them black or oolong tea – no, we provide our plants with quality compost tea.
Yes, it is actually what it sounds like. For 24 hours, we soak a mixture of our farm’s compost, cured chicken manure, and some fungal microbes, with a splash of molasses, liquid kelp, or humic acid to create a liquid teaming with a healthy microbial community, or as we call them, “soil defenders.”
The compost tea we make on the farm comes in two forms: bacterial dominant teas and fungal dominant teas. The bacterial teas go on our annual crops – where fields will be tilled within the year. Fungal dominant teas go on our perennial crops – where fields will not be tilled in the foreseeable future. Fungal-dominant soils can’t withstand tilling because their ribosomal structure is lost. Bacterial microbes can withstand tilling. So for annual as opposed to perennial crops, we are creating different types of soil communities.
Rest assured your farmers are feeding their soils the best elixir possible, as you sip your morning cup of tea. Here’s to compost tea!