This year at the Philadelphia Flower Show there were a few groups talking about compost tea. Meadow Brook Farm, a farm owned by the Pennsylvania State Horticultural Society is one, and another is F2, a company that provides “Scientific Soil Management”. Apparently they do things that are good for the soil, though the “method” section of their website is a little too vague for me. They also offer pictures of the results they’ve had with compost tea on a few different projects. The one that was most interesting to me was the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway. You can see it here.
Look at the boxwood comparison and you tell me why the compost tea didn’t do a darn thing. Look at the grass comparison while you’re at it.
Throughout the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s website there are all kinds of opportunities to find out how to make and use compost tea, including courses at Meadowbrook farm. Now that Elaine Ingham is at the Rodale Institute (Which is in Emmaus Pennsylvania) they have all kinds of classes on it there too. Even Longwood Gardens is Getting into the act (scroll down and click on the compost tea link). So what I want to know is, why have the Compost Tea Gods invaded my home state of Pennsylvania? What makes the keystone state so attractive to people who want to promote snake oil? I just don’t get it. Is it the cheesesteaks? Maybe the scrapple?
No, I’m pretty sure it’s the Rolling Rock….or maybe the Yuengling – America’s oldest brewery (their Black and Tan is one of the best beers in the US – second only to anything brewed by the Surly company). Yeah, that’s gotta be it.