What is Worm Tea?
Farmers and gardeners all know compost is terrific stuff. But there’s something even better than plain old compost, and that’s compost tea or extract. Both are made by steeping compost in water; however, better than both of those is VermiMagic.
Compost Tea is made using a brewer and is known by its process name – Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT). AACT requires extended brewing time, which increases organisms that grow in water and that may or may not be the correct biology for your specific plant and it has a very short shelf life (less than 8 hours).
Using an extract increases the odds of growing the “correct microorganisms” for your plant by allowing the reproduction of the organisms to occur in the soil and on plant surfaces rather than in a compost tea brewer making Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT).
Swampy’s Worm Farm uses our own engineered Bioextractor in the unique production, blending and mixing of worm extracts into VermiMagic. Using the power of air bubbles and water circulation, our biological extractor dislodges the beneficial organisms contained in our high grade vermicompost into a liquid solution. The Bioextractor blends products which include biological inoculates, trace elements and microbial food activators.
VermiMagic (VMG) is a liquid biological amendment package made from our vermicompost VermiMix. The organic ingredients, bacteria, microbes and water-soluble minerals, nutrients and trace elements of VermiMix is extracted into liquid form using our engineered Bioextractor and supplemented with Humic Acid and Seaweed.
VermMagic improves above and below ground plant growth and health. In addition, VMG bio-activates and improves all soil types. Plants often flourish where they did not grow before. Our magic liquid contains over 60 minerals, numerous trace elements, vitamins, plant growth hormones, bio-stimulants, Humic and fulvic acids.
You can use VermiMagic to water any seedings, hydro-seeding, soil conditioning or as a fertilizing program to improve soil health and plant growth. It can be used as either a foliar spray or a soil drench.
Mother Nature has been overpowered by the toxic chemical fertilizers, which has stripped our soil of the biological community that once gave us healthy food and keep us from disease instead of giving diseases. VermiMagic creates a level playing field and maybe even a little hedge over the chemical fertilizer soil monster.
Why Use Worm Tea?
Compost tea and extract contains highly beneficial groups of bacteria and fungi, protozoa and possibly nematodes.
The benefits of using a compost tea that contains ALL the food web organisms are:
- Improved plant growth as a result of using beneficial organisms to protect the plant surfaces. The organisms occupy infection sites and can also prevent disease-causing organisms from finding the plant.
- The tea improves the nutrient retention of the soil thus stimulating plant growth. If your soil can retain its nutrients it helps minimize the need to use fertilizer. A healthy soil is less likely to leach its nutrients into ground and surface waters.
- Increasing the nutrients available to the root system leads to a stronger healthier plant. The predator-prey interactions increase the available nutrients required by the plant and enables it to absorb them in the correct dosage at the time the nutrients are required.
- Compost tea assists in reducing the negative impact that chemical-based pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers have on beneficial micro-organisms in the ecosystem.
- Improves the intake of nutrients by increasing foliar uptake. The beneficial micro-organisms increase the time the stomata stay open, while at the same time reducing evaporation loss from the leaf surface.
- Reduces water loss and improves the water retention of the soil thereby reducing the need for frequent watering.
- Improves tillage by building a better soil structure. Only the biological components in your soil can build its structure, and ALL the organism groups in the food web are required in order to have this occur. Thus your soil must contain not only bacteria but also fungi, protozoa, nematodes and micro arthropods. (Please be aware that the plate count method on its own does not supply you a complete overview of your existing soil food-web.)