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Gardeners can brew up tea to protect plants


July 28, 2010
By Lee Reich

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July 27, 2010 – It's tea time in the garden. But this tea is for your garden, not for you.

July 27, 2010 – It's tea time in the garden. But this tea is for your garden, not for you.

Let's begin with a general tonic. Mmmm … how about some manure tea? Compost tea might serve as well.

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Make either one with a giant tea bag: a burlap sack filled with compost or manure. Tie the bag shut with string, then drop it into a bucket or barrel of water to steep for a day or two. By then the water should have darkened to … what else but a tea-brown colour? If the tea looks too strong — that is, too dark — just dilute it before use.

Just about any plant might like this brew periodically poured about its roots. For a quicker pick-me-up — just the thing for a plant that looks peaked — spray the tea right on the leaves.

What this tea offers plants is a whole range of nutrients, as well as some natural hormones and other growth factors.

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