In Compost Teas for the Organic Grower, you’ll find everything you need to know about feeding your garden, orchard, or smallholding with homemade and chemical-free “teas.” It’s packed with recipes for creating nutrient-rich soil to give you healthy plants and ecosystems.
In the book’s pages, permaculture orchardist Eric Fisher provides an in-depth history of organic agriculture and the rise in chemical inputs. He then goes on to explore the importance of nutrients, their cycles, and the structure of the soil. This enables readers to truly understand their soil and ecosystems so they can manage them properly.
Knowing how soil and nutrients work makes diagnosing problems and finding natural remedies easier. Fisher provides recipes for a wide range of compost teas that can remedy many different deficits, as well as for natural pesticides and insecticides. He shows the reader how to use the plants growing around them to create these “teas,” using aerobic and anaerobic processes, and how to grow specific plants to encourage beneficial insects for healthy ecosystems.
Fisher’s aim is for growers to feel confident in diagnosing plant diseases and pest problems and then be able to create the right remedies for them. If we can care for the health of our plants and soil without using chemicals, we can save money, encourage others to do the same, and demonstrate that conventional chemical inputs are not necessary.