Composting & Compost Tea

by Paul Kwiatkowski

Mount Auburn is not only America’s first garden cemetery, but an arboretum with more than 6,000 trees from around the globe. For those of you who have had the opportunity to visit and explore the grounds, I hope you were so entranced by the trees, gardens, monuments, and wildlife that many return visits have been required. Those of you who have not discovered Mount Auburn yet, I hope you visit soon. Continue reading

Text and images reprinted with permission of New England Wildflower Association.

by Nate McCullin

When entering the 2011 growing season I had many questions floating around in my mind regarding the impact of compost and compost tea on the soil and plant health at Garden in the Woods. I was skeptical about believing all the claims being made in the industry as to its benefits, especially the impact it has in this Garden. Within the realm of any organic product there are many variables to consider due to the fact that organic products thrive on biological processes which hinge on factors such as light, temperature and moisture. Continue reading

by Carl Brodeur

For years I was unhappy with the results of our tree fertility program using available fertilizers on the market. Then, after attending a talk by Dr. Elaine Ingham on the Soil Foodweb, my partner and I decided to try compost teas. Once we experienced the power of compost tea on a lawn installation, we decided to make compost tea the foundation for our tree fertility program. Continue reading