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Compost Tea Making: For Organic Healthier Vegetables, Flowers, Orchards, Vineyards, Lawns Paperback – July 15, 2010
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I hated vegetables and anything related to gardening back then, but these days as Spring approaches, I'm always eager to bid farewell to the grocery store and seek out my local Farmers Markets for fresh fruits and vegetables instead. For the past four years, I've poorly attempted to grow herbs and the occasional tomato or pepper plant in my back yard urban garden, and have since resorted to hostas and bulbs to satisfy by "green" family roots that are slowly turning me into my parents.
My father grew lucrative tomatos by the truck load using only manure, a water hose, and lots of love and attention. These days, I keep my lawn green using a Miracle Grow spray, but being interested in alternative and "greener" methods of caring for my habitat, I found Marc Remillard's book, Compost Tea Making, to be quite appealing.
Marc's book begins with an extensive and scientific approach to compost, what it's made of, how the organisms in it help each other and help the environment, and so on. It is quite obvious that he knows what he is talking about! However, Marc approaches the subject with an often humorous approach and appeals to the reader in almost a fun-loving grade school Biology teacher kind of way. He is being serious and holds your attention, but you are not bored. And most importantly, you are learning something.Read more ›
The ideas are presented in a style that encourages readers to experiment or modify recipes or techniques to suit their own needs. For those that somehow need definitive answers this book may not be for you. I am not one of those. The author illustrates how complex, and only partially understood microbiology is. The bottom line is--I am convinced. Compost tea and EM products are the wave of the future for horticulture. Without going into detail--my plants have benefited from just a few compost tea applications.
The chapter on worm growing is some of the best, most current information I have read. I was not aware that the book covered vermiculture until I got into it. Perhaps that could be advertised a bit better.
The chapter on actually making compost tea is well layed out, direct, and simple. I can do this. The section on the EM1 [effective microorganisms] product is really interesting and cutting edge. They have found that if you mix compost tea & EM1 together you have an extremely powerful elixir.
Also I checked out the Compost Tea Making website. There more to learn there as well. Good job Marc Remillard!
I disagree with the two reviewers who gave this book poor reviews. Yes there are plenty of references to compost tea online, but much of it is poor, conflicting info, with little scientific backing. Mr. Remillard addresses these issues by explaining clearly why compost teas must be aerated, and what the best materials are to work with. The reason I bought this book is because I wanted to know more, and I was confused. So far this is the best, most comprehensive book on how to make compost tea.
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A good guide for anyone who is interested in compost tea brewing.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like to experiment so I love this book. There are lots of recipes to choose from.Published 3 months ago by A. Starks
It is a good explanation as to make compost tea, bacterial or fungal, and about benefits in agriculturePublished 12 months ago by Carlos Guillen L
Really liked this book. Pretty short and to the point. The author includes some scientific/technical stuff but you can easily pass over a lot of that if it's not something your... Read morePublished 16 months ago by David B.
This book was a fairly quick and very engrossing read. It was written in easy to understand, laymen's terms, and was entertaining as you learned from it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by WILLIAM B RUBOTTOM
This was a great read as an introduction to composting and has sparked an interest in ecology and botany in me so thank you for that Marc.Published 18 months ago by bird
The author is obviously very knowledgeable and talks to you in a elementary level that is fun and easy to understand. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alek Faber
Full marks for enthusing about compost tea and the benefit of its use. Perhaps a little light on the scientific background, for which it is necessary to go to the reference works... Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. Peter Maughan