Magazine article Sunset

Product: Compost Tea Time

Magazine article Sunset

Product: Compost Tea Time

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Organic farmers always say "feed the soil, not the plant." One of the most effective ways to do it is with compost tea--a solution made from traditional or worm compost--which contains billions of microorganisms that help convert soil nutrients and minerals into a form more easily absorbed by plant roots. Now it's gotten a lot more convenient to buy it. SoilSoup Kitchens has begun stationing self-serve espresso cart look-alikes at local nurseries that dispense tea for about $8 a gallon. Apply the tea directly to the soil from a watering can or spray it onto foliage and soil (both should be moist before applying). Contact SoilSoup for a list of participating nurseries (if there aren't any near you, encourage your local nursery to install a cart). www.soilsoup.com or 877/711-7687.--L.B.S.

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