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Rhode Island

Is there any benefit to spraying tea on the entire pumpkin patch now well before the plant gets to those areas.

5/5/2016 1:44:10 PM

SaladDoug_UK (Rebel Rousers)

Hertfordshire, UK

Outside the world of pumpkin growing - (newbie here) - there were arguments from Dr. Ingham that successive soil drenches acted as waves of innoculating good guys. And that it set up the soil food web for supplying plants, with an increasing number successfully establishing at each application. If it's available and you had the time - then potentially yes.

Armchair reading, rather than personal experience! So open to others...

5/5/2016 5:51:11 PM


Portland, OR

I'd say follow your gut on this one. It will no doubt enhance the microbial life in those areas - however once you start, probably best to continue regular applications. Do you have the time & resources to make and spray on a regular basis?

5/9/2016 5:38:53 PM


Rhode Island

I have a worm farm that puts out a tray of compost every month or so. I think I could spray every 10 days.

Any benefit adding trace elements to the brew. Heard the microorganism help get elements in a form more readily available.

5/9/2016 8:20:53 PM

Tconway (BigStem)

Austin MN

I did it cuz I had old stuff left over than I tilled it in! It's so small it won't do much but I had to use it anyway.

5/9/2016 9:57:03 PM


Seattle, WA

I would say yes. You would get increased microbial activity in the soil which will help improve soil tilth, nutrient cycling, building soil structure, etc....similar to the reasons we add compost to a garden patch, only you won't be picking up as much organic matter or nutrients as you would from a compost application.

5/16/2016 1:57:19 PM

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