It is technically “Day 11” of my non-aerated castings tea experiment (didn’t blog about it until a week ago), so I figured it might be a good time to do some initial smell checks. In my first post (on “Day 4”) I reported that the color of the two treatments was already quite different – well that difference has become much more obvious by this point.
The syrup-ammended teas look almost milky, while the non-admended teas look pretty much exactly the same as at the start of the experiment (with a little bit of material settled down in the bottom).
I will admit, I was pretty apprehensive about the smell test. Even sniffing near the bags I could pick up a foul odor close to the amended tea treatment.
But ya gotta do what ya gotta do, right?
Being a procrastinator at heart I decided to start with the non-amended teas. lol
Non-Amended (No Syrup) Tea
Bag #1 – no obvious smell, other than perhaps slight hint of something herbal.
Bag #2 – pretty much identical to bag #1
Bag #3 – slightly gamey waft as I first opened it, and then a similar smell to the other ones (interesting sidenote – this bag seemed to have more liquid in it than the other two)
OK, on to the amended treatment bags…
Lifting them up I could see lots of stuff floating around in them and even more stink started wafting up (than when I simply leaned over and smelled them in the holding bin).
Opening them up…
Amended (Maple Syrup) Tea
Bag #1 – certainly not the worst smell I have ever encountered – but very foul in comparison to the non-amended.
Bag #2 – similar to bag #1
Bag #3 – opened for the sake of giving it the same oxygen exposure but didn’t bother smelling.
Clearly – and perhaps not-too-surprisingly – this shows that a basic liquid extract from good quality castings (even at a high 1:4 castings:water ratio) CAN sit without oxygen and still not stink, while one amended with a simple sugar source CANNOT.
Now I need to test these teas for plant-growth promotion. I will likely let them sit for another week or two while I plan things out. Will perform another smell test just to see if anything has changed.