MetaGrow Compost Teas

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MetaGrow Compost Teas are very different than other compost teas.  It is derived from a blend of earthworm castings and green waste compost.  Both the feedstock for the earthworms and the green waste compost have been thermophillicly composted and are OMRI certified.

Earthworm castings contain specialized bacteria that have passed thru the earthworm gut.  In the digestive process, earthworms excrete hormones and plant growth factors.  Our fermentation process amplifies the microbial populations and increases the content of microbes and plant growth factors geometrically.

In order to make this product stable, we extract the microbes and soluble solids from the earthworm casting/green waste compost blend.  This extraction is pumped into actively aerated 850 gallon batches where a proprietary mix of organic fertilizers, minerals, and plant extracts are fed to the microbes.   We monitor the process in several ways on a daily basis.  Our objective is to build as high a microbial population as possible over a few days.  When we are satisfied with the population levels, we stop the feeding process and force the microbial population into a resting state called stasis.

In the process of fermentation, the soluble solids, organic fertilizers, and plant extracts are nearly all metabolized by the microbes.  You can think of this stable tea as a metabolic soup.  Most of the activities that microbes perform in the root zone have occurred in the fermentation process.  When MetaGrow Compost Tea hits the soil, it is ready for the plant to uptake.  There is little, if any, lag time.  The microbes that have been in stasis become “awake” and active.

MetaGrow Compost Teas contains a one..two punch.  First is the immediate effect of the metabolites and second are the benefits from an increased and diverse microbial population.  We typically advise adding FertiBOOST manufactured by WISEarth Organics to the application of the compost tea as it provides more raw materials for the microbes as they awaken.

MetaGrowTM Fresh
Active microbes must be applied within 72 hours, soil applied only; Conventional only

Rebuild microbial population and function in the soil.  The benefits to the plants will build up
over time as the soil microbial population grows.  Apply anytime soil temperatures are over 60F.
Can be used in rotation with our other products to increase soil microbial diversity.  Must be used
within 72 hours.  Benefits from combination with FertiBOOST (WISEarth product sold by Andaman Ag)

MetaGrowTM ST
Stable microbes with 1 year shelf life, built up metabolites, soil applied only

Rebuild microbial population and function in the soil and immediate affect on the plant from built
up metabolites.  Apply at or just before important crop growth stages for best affect on the plant
growth and fruit development.  Can be used in rotation othe MetaGrow microbial products to achieve
greatest soil microbial species diversity.  Benefits from combination with FertiBOOST and rotation with MetaGrowTM F and B.

MetaGrowTM B
Stable with built up metabolites, bacterial dominant (Bacillus culture), soil or foliar applied.

Rebuild bacterial population and function in the soil and plant canopy.  More immediate impact on
the plant from built up metabolites.  Use in combination with SeaSet and MetaGrowTM F as an organic
fumigation alternative.  Best applied as a foliar in rotation with canopy temperatures between mid-60s and mid-80s F.

Use in combination with FertiBOOST (any application) and with MetaGrowTM Adjuvant for foliar applications.  Add to SB FOLIAR                                          applications to mineralize nutrients  into more plant available forms.

MetaGrowTM F

Stable with built up metabolites, fungal dominant (Trichoderma culture), soil or foliar applied.

Rebuild healthy fungal populations and functions in the soil and plant canopy. More immediate
impact on the plant from built up metabolites.  Best applied as a foliar post-harvest, first leaf
drop, pre- and post-pruning and in canopy temperatures between mid-60s and mid-80s F.  Use in
combination with SeaSet and MetaGrowTM B for an organic fumigation alternative and canopy biology reset.                                                                                         Use in rotation with MetaGrowTM B for healthy canopy management to reduce the frequency and severity                                                                                             of need for fungicides.  Use in combination with FertiBOOST (any  application) and with MetaGrowTM Adjuvant for foliar applications.

MetaGrowTM SeaSet

Stable, built up metabolites, chitin food based, Bacillus culture, soil or foliar applied.

This product should only be used in remedial applications when soil or canopy biology are out of
balance.  Builds chitinase capable bacterial population and function in the soil and plant canopy.
More immediate impact from built up metabolites.  Use in a program with MetaGrowTM B and F                                                                                                          for an organic fumigation alternative and canopy biology reset.  Best applied as a foliar in post- harvest and in
rotation with B and F, but only if remedial microbiology reset is needed.  Use in combination with
MetaGrowTM CFOOD instead of FertiBOOST.