Is Compost Tea A Good Fertilizer?

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Q: Is compost tea a good fertilizer for the vegetable garden or is it better to just mix the compost into the holes of the plants? 

A: I have a history with garden “teas”. I remember helping my mother make manure tea when I was a kid. I scooped several cow patties from the pasture and put them into a burlap sack. She put the sack in a big tub of water and soaked it for three days. She poured the resulting tea on her roses and tomatoes. Truthfully, I don’t remember the tomatoes being any healthier than the ones fertilized by my Dad’s bag of 10-10-10. I don’t think you’ll notice any difference after using compost tea. Put the un-steeped compost in your planting holes and save yourself some work.

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