Liquid Compost Extract (LCE) Advantages Over Aerated Compost Tea (ACT)
LCE can be generated in large volumes in a short time frame, it is shelf-stable, and it offers the flexibility of activating for use as compost tea. Also, we see a longer lasting response time from the extraction process over the tea brewing process. We need the depth of this response time in Texas soils.
In the process of compost extraction, the beneficial biology in compost is dislodged and goes into a solution. An important distinction is that the majority of these micro-organisms are inactive or dormant. The liquid biology that results from LCE is similar to the conditions that exist in compost; only a small percentage are active and working, the others lie dormant until they are woken up in response to external stimuli. Thus, when LCE is applied to the landscape a greater number of these dormant micro-organisms survive. A key soil foodweb concept is successional biology. The micro-organisms from applied LCE wake up in response to plant root exudates at different times during the growing season, when they are needed. This approach supports the plant-microbe feedback loop.
LCE is thus especially well suited to soil applications. However, due to its flexibility, LCE can also be fed and aerated for use in foliar applications and in practice the activation period can occur in a short time frame.
Our Liquid Compost is made from 100% natural ingredients found in high-quality finished compost.
Remember: Better life, better soil!