Best Fertilizer to Boost Plant Growth in a New Garden

Best Fertilizer to Boost Plant Growth in a New Garden

September 14, 2019 100 By Ewald Bahringer


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Today we have another exciting episode for you. I’m coming at you from my girlfriend’s
parents back yard square foot raised bed garden. And I just got them, I just got done helping
them out plant some cool stuff out. Today we planted some culantro, which is a really
good substitute for growing cilantro in the hot summer season, grows great in the tropics.
That’s where I originally came across it. I think it was in Puerto Rico of all places,
culantro. Well, anyway I got some sour gherkins in the bed on the other side. And on behind
me here, we have all the perennial vegetables, south east asian perennial vegetables. Check
the link down below, if I remember to put a link down below to the nursery in Houston
where I got all these guys. You know, we don’t want to grow standard vegetables like lettuces
and things in the summer in Houston when it’s hot and humid, right. Not really going to
work too effectively. There’s way you could do that of course. But why fight nature? Let’s
work with nature and grow the plants that are going to easily grow and thrive during
the summer and give you bountiful harvests of greens. Anyways, we’re not even going to talk about
those today. What we are going to talk about is once you guys get your plants, you know,
planted from plant starts or even seedlings, the number one thing I recommend you guys
do to get your plants off to a good start.. it’s like breast feeding your baby, breast
feeding you baby is probably one of the best things you guys could do for your babies..
and for your baby plants the best thing you could do in my opinion, is to douse them with
the dousing rod, no no with compost tea actually. So what we’re going to do next, we’re
going to go ahead and show you guys the setup I got for my girlfriend’s parents to start
making and brewing their own compost tea. And we’re going to show you guys from start
to finish on how easy it is. You guys could set it up to brew it yourself, and then distribute
it on to your plants with something as simple as a watering can. So anyways, let’s go ahead and head in to
the garage area and show you guys how we’re going to brew some compost tea today. So before I even share with you guys how to
brew your own compost tea, I want to share with you guys how to start to brew your own
compost tea. The number one thing you’ll need is something like this right here, is
a filter for your hose spigot. You know, it comes out the wall and, you know, here they’re
getting city water. City water has added, for safety measures for, you know, human public
health safety, things like chlorine or worse unfortunately, the chloramines. And it’s
the chloramine or the chlorine’s job to basically kill the bacteria, protozoa and
things that could cause water borne illness. It’s not fun if you’ve been to Africa
and have had one of those. It’s definitely not fun. So I’m glad in one respect that
they put these in to the water system. But in the other respect, in my opinion and based
on some of my research, it’s not good for us to drink that stuff or even worse brew
some compost tea with it because it will kill the bacteria and the microbes, maybe not all
the way, but, you know, it will reduce the amount that they can reproduce. So I want
to increase, you know, my microbial activity not decrease them. So I do recommend getting some kind of water
filter. Today we’re using the Boogie Blue Carbon Water Filter. And this is their basic
model, their basic model. They have a more expensive model. That would work too but this
one lasts not quite as long and also, you know, costs less money, more cost effective.
Now if you don’t want to invest in a garden filter, what I would encourage you guys to
invest in, not only for brewing compost tea but also just for simply, you know, watering
your garden. So you could water with, you know, unchlorinated water and also the carbon
filter will also remove other potential toxins from the water before watering your plants,
that you guys are going to eat, right. The other thing you could do is actually just
set a bucket of water out, like in a 5 gallon bucket and aerate it overnight. And if you
have chlorine, not chloramine, it will probably air out overnight, you know. You could, if
you’re pretty anal and crazy you could get bottled water, which probably depending on
where you go, you know, you could fill a 5 gallon bucket at a local, you know, water
vending machine thing for a dollar. That’d probably be a good investment. But you know,
just buying a one time filter, 30 bucks or something, here’s the tip- if you don’t
want to get the Boogie Blue, just go down and get a good RV water filter, you know,
they’re kind of similar and probably not going to last as long as the ones meant for
gardens. But, you know, that will do in a pinch, right. So once you got your water filter installed,
you’re going to go ahead and take a 5 gallon bucket, make sure it’s clean inside. And
we’re just going to go ahead and fill it up with some water. And it helps if we turn
on the hose speed. Now if you’re kind of anal like I am right, if you want to get maximum
filtration out of your, your garden filter, what you want to do instead of turning it
on full blast, you want to like really turn it down. You want to turn it down like not
all the way off but just on a little bit. What this does, it slows down the flow rate
of the water. And when the flow rate of the water is slowed down, that means there’s
going to be more filter contact time, which means you’ll get better filtration. Does
this really make a difference? I don’t know. But, you know, I don’t like doing it full
blast. I got some time to, you know, hang out. We’re going to turn this down to a
nice slow stream. We’ll be back at you once we got our 5 gallon bucket filled up with
the next step. So the next part of making compost tea is
pretty simple. Basically you’re going to need a couple things. You’re going to need
power. So we got an outlet here. You’re going to need a cool place out of the direct
sun, you know, optimally I don’t know, just the temperature would be comfortable to you.
So I’m doing it here in a workshop garage area out of the direct sun, out of the elements,
out of the weather. We don’t want to get like rain or wind or anything blowing into
our compost tea. Now it doesn’t need to be entirely sterile per se but you should
start out with a clean bucket and some clean water and try not to like have all kinds of
other crud and junk in the bucket, right. Because we want to basically take the compost
tea whether you’re making it yourself or whether you’re going to use the stuff I’m
using today. I’m using the Boogie Brew Pro Compost Tea. This is the compost tea I’ve
been using I mean for like 5 years now. And it’s just like the best stuff. It’s so
good that I actually even interviewed the formulator and creator of the Boogie Brew
product, Josh Cunnings, in his Boogie bunker, and we go over all the different ingredients
that he uses in the compost tea to make his tea. So that you guys could make your own
compost tea similar to this one, if you don’t want to buy yours. And I, you know, I honor
Josh for sharing his recipe with the world because he wants to see everybody use the
compost tea whether it’s they’re buying his or whether they’re making their own,
because this will get people away from using chemical fertilizers, you know. The main benefit
of the compost tea in my opinion, is not to like give fertilizer to the plants like to
add nutrition to the plants per se because on here it says, Not intended for human or
animal consumption. blah, blah, blah, oh This product and it’s intended use is expressly
sold as an auxiliary soil amendment not a fertilizer. So some people say oh compost
tea, that’s a fertilizer. Well, it’s on here that it’s not sold as a fertilizer.
But that being said, in my opinion, based on my research and based on what I’ve seen,
the Boogie Brew Compost Tea adds fertility to your land. So if it’s adding fertility
to your land, then in my opinion it is a fertilizer, but that may not meet legal definitions because
a fertilizer has to have those NPK numbers, you know, and our bureaucratic red tape bs*
should I say system, that we live in for the most part. So anyways, the main benefit of the compost
tea is simply this, it’s going to add trace minerals, number one, in small amounts, which
is good because the trace minerals they don’t need to be in your garden in high amounts.
That being said, I like to pack my garden full of rock dust and other things. But this
will add some of that to your garden. But more importantly than just the trace minerals,
it adds, it adds a plethora and tons of different micro-biology or the microbium, whether that’s
bacteria and fungi and all these other different creatures that basically are your labor force
for your garden. They work when you are asleep. It’s like the Santa Claus song, he knows
when you are sleeping, he knows when you are awake, he knows if you are bad or good. And,
you know, these soil microbes work around the clock to basically break down the organic
matter like in your compost. They break down things like the trace minerals, you know,
in the soil. And they make it into a water soluble form so that your plants could uptake
this nutrition and unlock it from the nutrients that are in your compost, in your cow manure,
in all this stuff that’s already in your garden. And if you’re using chemical fertilizers,
those are all water soluble, so that you don’t need the bacteria component to get those into
your plants. The problem with the water soluble fertilizers is once you, you know, water your
garden down, those water soluble fertilizers will dissolve in water and it will be washed
away. So now you got to keep feeding those water soluble fertilizers and subverting the
whole natural system on how nature works. Furthermore, you know, when those NPK and
chemically produced factory produced fertilizers made out of natural gas and other petroleum
based products, when they wash away they cause big damage to the environment and to the water
table and all these things. So that’s why I teach you guys, you know, organic biologic
gardening. A lot of organic gardening just says yeah throw on compost John, throw on
compost, that has enough bacteria in there. Well, based on what I’ve seen and experienced
visiting farms and places, yes compost absolutely has some biology in there and depending on
where your compost from and, you know, how it’s made and all this kind of stuff, it
may have a lot or a little. This is your cheap insurance policy to ensure your garden gets
off to a running and jumping start, right. If you don’t have the biology in your compost
for whatever reason you got crappy compost, you know, it’s not, you know, rich in the
trace minerals, this will help kind of jumpstart your plants to get them off the ground running.
And that’s very important. Much like a baby. We wouldn’t just kick a baby out of the
house when they’re 1 years old, you know. You wait until they’re 15 or 16 and then
kick them out because they’re, you know, they’ve been matured and they’ve gone
through the process. And specially when your plants are small little plant starts, you
know, from seedlings or planting from plant starts like I did today, you know, you want
to get them acclimated to the new soil and to growing in your new situation. And in my
belief and experience, this product helps dramatically. In this product there’s ingredients such
as worm castings and that’s the main way in my belief that you should make compost
tea, whether you’re using the Boogie Brew brand or others, you know. I would use worm
castings. They are much more biologically active than just straight compost or any kind
of manure. And furthermore, you know, some manures if you’re using raw manures to make
a compost tea, you may be breeding not good bacteria in my opinion. It also has sea kelp
powder, a wealth of nutrients, soy bean meal, alfalfa meal, rock phosphate, langbeinite,
volcanic ash, greensand, kelp meal and trace ocean minerals. So this adds the trace mineral
component which is an essential component because that also helps the microbes in the
compost tea flourish because they have all kinds of food sources to eat. In addition,
they also have things like the composted wood chips, which actually is the source for the
fungal dominated microbes in the compost tea. And many people fail to get enough fungal
dominated microbes in their soil. Now I’m not saying your soil should be fungal dominated.
I’m saying you should have some fungal action and fungal, fungus, in your soil growing.
Which is not the same as like mushroom. And yeah it has evaporated cane juice sugar, which
actually helps feed the microbes while you’re brewing. And humic acid, all kinds of cool
stuff in there, yeah, BioChar. But yeah this really can help activate and
get your compost running, get your system running, specially if you’re new into gardening.
Now if you’ve been gardening for a long time and you have like really good soil, you
know, adding a compost tea may not make a difference. But here’s the thing, for most
people I’ve visited, experienced and a lot of my viewers in comments I’ve heard, compost
tea is probably the number one thing you guys should do even before, should I say, buying
rock dust. Because this has some trace minerals in there. And the rock dust takes some time
to break down. But this you’ll see more immediate results. And yeah, check the link
down below to the link on the open source compost tea and also a battle that me and
Josh have, rock dust versus compost tea. I personally think I won, but you know, compost
tea is definitely good stuff. And that’s why I got my girlfriend’s parents some today. So in the bag what you’re going to get is
you’re going to get a little brew bag. So you can use like, I don’t know, a paint
strainer bag if you don’t get this cool burlap sack that’s a 100% compostable when
you’re done. Also you’re going to get a brew your own compost tea. And it talks
about why compost tea is important and also very simple directions on how to make it.
And then inside here, in the new formula, you’re going to have 2 parts. You’re going
to have the Boogie Base. Oops, it’s leaking a little bit. And you’re going to have the
Boogie Boost. So each one of these components used to come in one bag. But then the shelf
life was reduced drastically. So they’re bagging it into separate bags so that they
don’t activate during shipment or during, you know, storage on a store shelf to sell
you guys. The other thing that I’m going to encourage
you guys to do is take a look, you know I do like that the Boogie Brew Compost Tea actually
tells you the Use By date. Now if you don’t use it by this date, it doesn’t mean you
should throw it away. Never do that. Still brew your compost tea! It’s just not going
to be as active as it is if you brewed it by the Use By Date. And, you know, be wary
of compost tea companies that don’t have the Use By date because some of these microbes
are fragile and they may not last forever sitting on a store shelf in a bag. And that’s
why I like the Boogie Brew because, you know, the majority is, you know, they’ll send
you the product direct. And if they’re sending it to you direct, it didn’t sit on their
store shelf for 3 months. Josh is often behind making the stuff fresh to ship out to people.
So yeah, he ships it really fresh. It’s going to have a long shelf life for you guys.
And I do encourage you guys to do this like at least minimum once a month. I try to do
it once a month. I travel so much, I would rather do it like once a week, like every
Friday I’d brew compost tea and spread it on my garden. And if you guys can’t do that,
do it like twice in a month, every other week, you know, that’d be great, or minimally
once a month, you know. You will see a difference by doing that. So, but before we mix these guys up, which
we’re going to basically take a half cup of each, we’re going to be brewing the compost
tea. So, you know, a lot of people just might like put the compost tea in the bag and just
like let the bag sit in the water and what not, and just let it seep overnight. This
is not the compost tea that I encourage you guys to make. We want to make an aerated compost
tea. Very important. Now yeah, it will work if you just do let it sit. But I like to aerate
the compost tea for best results. I have seen, you know, drastic growth and multiplication
of the biology just because they’re getting some air. I mean, think, thank about it. How
long could we live without air under water? That’s why I like doing aerating it. So for
that we’ll need just a few things. This is the active aqua pump. This is an 8 liter
pump, so this is the mini Brew Kit that the Boogie Brew company sells. I’ll put a link
down below, BoogieBrew.net/gyg to get the special pricing I have negotiated with Josh
at Boogie Brew for the Mini Kit, which is the bare minimum I would recommend for you
guys if you guys don’t have the extra money to go for the full blown kit. The mini kit
can basically drive one 5 gallon bucket. I have the larger kit with the larger pump.
And that drives basically 10 gallons at a time. That’s what I prefer to do. One pump
could do two buckets. So on this pump it could do one bucket. And this pump actually has
two outlets. So we got the tubing here. And we’re going to plug the tubing into one
outlet, plug the tubing into the other outlet, super simple, super easy. And then we got
these air stones. So I encourage you guys to get the largest air stone you guys can
with this kit, it comes with two smaller air stones. And if you do want to try to source
these products locally, you could check the local hydroponics shop. Many places will have
air stones as well as the active aqua brand of pump. Next we’re just going to go ahead and plug
this air stone into the line. Super simple, super easy. And now these air stones are clean.
So once you’re done brewing the compost tea, I do encourage you guys to you know bubble
your air stones in clean water and/or scrub them out with a nylon bristle brush. Don’t
use any kind of like metal brush, it will like mess up the holes on here. It’s important
to keep your, your air stones clean after every use because there may be some funky
junk on the air stone that may in fact negatively or impact negatively your second batch. So what we’re going to do is we’re going
to go ahead and drop one of the air stones into the water and the other air stone we’re
going to temporarily put in the water but it’s not going to go there for sure when
we’re brewing. We’re going to go ahead and plug this pump in. Now we’re going to
crank this up air control not on low but we’re going to crank it up to high. So that’s
on high and we got a nice bubbling in there. Set that aside. Now I did put the bucket in
just like a cardboard box, in case there’s any overflow so it won’t stain the ground
here. Depending on how high you fill the bucket and how the temperature where you’re brewing
it at, and the microbes, it may foam or may not foam. If it doesn’t foam it’s not
really a problem, as long as you got, you know, non expired compost tea, I mean, that’s
working. I like to generally fill it up to like maybe a, maybe about like an inch and
a half or two inches from the top so that actually we have some extra space so it actually
doesn’t flow over and foam over. So now that we got our brew bag nice and wet,
because otherwise if we don’t pre-wet it, it’s going to float on the top. All we need
to do is open this baby up and then we’re going to go ahead and take about a half cup
of each of these guys. I think this little thing in here, that the air stones came out
of, that looks about like a half cup to me. So we have a nice generous heaping portion.
Now, you know, using more is not necessarily better. If you use too much you’re just
basically wasting product, and you won’t be able to brew as many batches. I would much
rather you guys, you know, brewed the appropriate amount of compost tea and brew more batches
than to try to like I’m brewing an extra strong dose by putting extra stuff in. It
doesn’t work that way. Sorry. Alright! Next, that was the Boogie Base. now
we’re going to go ahead and put the Boogie Boost. I like these little measuring cups
here, nice and handy. Fill that up, nice heaping amount there. And we’re going to go ahead
and put that into our brew bag. Then we’re going to go ahead and draw this little, oh
we’re not going to draw that closed yet! Because what we’re going to go is we’re
going to go ahead and take one of these air stones, because you get two, we’re going
to drop one into the bag. Then we’re going to go ahead and close this up. Drop it in
there. And now we have the bag is bubbling. And now we’re going to go ahead and tie
this off to the handle here so it doesn’t like drop in.
And I like to like kind of dunk it like we’re
dunking a tea bag, otherwise some of the dry mixture will come out. So we want to get it
all the way at the bottom. So once you got your tea brewing in there and it’s running,
you’re going to want to probably let it go for like 24 hours until you stop the pumps,
clean off your air stones and then distribute the tea into your garden. If you run it for too short of a time or too
long of a time, it’s not optimal. Because what’s going on right now as we’re bubbling,
the air encourages the microbial growth inside there. And as they are growing they’re like
we’re growing! We’re hungry, man! We’re going to eat! And what they’re eating are
the sugars and some of the other nutrients that are in this compost tea and the minerals
and what not. And what’s happening is if you’re thinking this is like, like a line
graph right here, the microbes start maybe here and they start to multiply because they’re
really happy and they’re eating, right. Kind of like cats, right, feral cats. Their
numbers go up and up and up until they peak out maybe around 24 hours when they’ve gone
through all the food in there, and then their numbers start to go down and down and down
and down. And you want to harvest and stop the compost tea process like right at the
peak point when there’s the most amount of microbes in there. And this is about after
24 hours. So, you know, if you’re working or something, you could do it at 20 hours
or you’re going to have to wait till it’s like 30 hours. I would do it a couple hours
early instead of a couple hours late. We’re going to try to let this run as close to 24
hours as I can. And then we’re going to come back and harvest this and actually just,
you know, infuse our garden beds with the compost tea. Because if you do not, once you
stop the process, you want to take the air stones out, clean them, and then you want
to immediately use the compost tea in the garden. You don’t want to just sit like
oh I brewed it for 24 hours like John said, we’re going to take the air stones out,
but now I’m going to let it sit here for another couple days or hours. No, don’t
do that. Use it before you lose it. That goes for more things that just the compost tea. We’re going to go ahead and let this run
for 24 hours. And we’ll come back tomorrow and we’re going to show you guys how easy
it is to distribute the compost tea into the garden. So as you guys could see, the compost is bubbling.
It’s the next day. And almost 24 hours. And now we’re going to go ahead and harvest
and use our compost tea. So the first thing you’re going to do is you’re going to
go ahead and pull out the air stones. This one actually looks pretty clean, not a lot
of particulate in there. You’re going to want to probably bubble it in some clean water.
We’re going to go ahead and pull this one out of the bag. This one’s probably going
to look a little bit dirtier. So I’m going to be dunking it in the compost tea to try
to wash it off a little bit. Now your compost tea may or may not foam a
little bit. I mean, this foamed a little bit, doesn’t mean it’s good, doesn’t mean
it’s bad, it shouldn’t foam if it’s really good, you know. As long as you bubble
it properly like about 24 hours and using fresh good compost tea, it’s going to be
good stuff. So next, let’s go ahead and take this and
share with you guys how I’m going to apply it to the garden here. Now we got the bucket of compost tea here.
First thing you’re going to go ahead and take your tea bag out. And I like to like
put this over a raised bed or in this case a wine barrel. And then I like to just take
out all the soil and stuff that was inside the tea brew and dump it in the bed. I mean,
basically this stuff is some super enriched, you know, brewed soil. So I like to feed that
to the beds. The next thing we’re going to go ahead and take our bucket here. Don’t
spill the compost tea. Then we’re just going to go ahead and pour it into a watering can.
Now I poured it over the barrel here because I don’t have a funnel. And if I over spilled
any, which I spilled a lot, it went into the bed to feed the plants. So this will probably
be one of the healthiest plants here in just a few weeks.
Anyways, let’s go ahead and take this out to the garden and water the garden. So the easiest way to apply the compost tea
is just simply water it in. I don’t like to dilute my compost tea, you know. I’ll
just make a second batch and I just try to get around to every plant and, you know, if
they get a little bit on the leaves and get it mainly by the soil, you know. There’s
beneficial bacteria in the compost tea that may help prevent things like powdery mildew
and other bad bacteria on your plants, plus this is going to, you know, enrich the soil
microbium in there to help get the organic matter broken down into nutrients that your
plants could absorb. Plus this has small concentrations of the trace minerals that are ever so important. So I just got done adding all the compost
tea just through a standard watering can. Super simple, super easy. If you’re looking
for other ways to apply the compost tea, check the links down below. I’ll put a link to
a video where Josh and I go over some of the best ways to apply the compost tea. I just
kind of like the watering can method myself. I’m about to head back to my garden so I
can’t wait to get back. But I’m sure next time I come back to visit this garden, due
to the compost tea and some other things I’ve added to the garden this trip, it’s going
to be looking a lot healthier. And I know a lot of you guys out there may
not have tried compost tea before. I want to let you guys know you guys should try it
before you knock it, you know. There’s people out there that say compost tea doesn’t do
anything. I guarantee you guys it will absolutely do something, it will increase the growth.
I’ve seen it and a lot of my other viewers have seen it too. And this is specially important
if your soil is not of the highest quality with the most, you know, biologic microbes
going on in there, which in my opinion, most are not. Because people are tilling and they’re
using, you know, bagged soils that’s not fully broken down and they don’t have a
variety of different trace minerals, and, you know, different things going in to make
their compost. And I think compost tea could only help. And unless you brew it properly
or if you make a bad compost tea maybe using some manures that are anaerobic instead of
aerobic, then I think they are probably a good thing. But yeah, also check the link
down below for the Open Source video, and if you want to just buy your own compost tea
setup including the pump and the Boogie Brew Compost Tea, check out boogiebrew.net/gyg.
I’ll also put a link down below to that, so you can actually buy your own compost tea,
the same one that I’ve been using for years now with very good results. Actually I got
to get back to my garden and hit it up with some compost tea for my new plantings so it
can also thrive this year. If you guys had good experiences with compost
tea, hey please post your comments down below. I’d love to hear them and see what you guys
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