Your compost tea will be done in 3 days. Turn off the pump, and remove the bubblers, etc. If you cannot use your compost tea immediately, continue aerating, but add 2 more Tablespoons of molasses to keep good organisms active.
Fall is a great time to test your garden soil to find out if you need to amend the soil to balance the ph level or improve the soil structure and is a great time to add lime or other mineral amendments. Organic soil amendments and fertilizers need time to benefit the soil. Applying them in the fall will give them the time needed to be broken down by the organisms in the soil and to replenish the soil for spring planting.
Don’t become impatient. Organic Gardening takes time. It takes time to let your compost do its work so that your soil becomes rich and healthy. It also takes time for pest-control methods to work, such as building a beneficial insect population. Be patient. If you’re coming from a traditional background, you might be tempted to just dump synthetic fertilizer or toxic chemicals on your plants to get results quicker. But that will only set you back weeks if not months (or an entire growing season) if you wish to do things naturally again.
Children and infants are at a dramatically increased risk for damage done by chemicals and pesticides. Children have excretory systems that are still developing. This means that they are less able to rid their bodies of chemicals consumed. Chemical damage can alter the biology of their bodies permanently, causing all sorts of problems. Developing organs and tissues can suffer when chemicals block absorption of nutrients.
Prevention is key. You really do not have to worry about many bugs. Nature has a good balance of its own and over ninety percent of bugs will not harm your plants. Simple organic solutions can help you keep bugs and animals that you do not want out of your garden.
We know that when we plant lettuce that the bulk of the crop will be ready within 30 days. The problem with that is that we can not consume an entire crop of lettuce before it goes bad and becomes compost. So we can estimate that we can utilize X amount of lettuce between 25-35 days from now. This tells us how much lettuce to plant. This also means that our next harvest of lettuce will not occur for another 25-35 days. So we cheat. We plant 10 lettuce plants every 10 days, and in doing so, we have a constant supply of lettuce. This is true for many crops.
Do take care of problems when you first notice them. If you see a leaf turning yellow, a white mildew starting to appear, black spots or you see pests, take care of the problem right away. because the longer you wait, the harder it will be to get it under control.