Effects of Compost tea on Productivity of Green bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) Varieties in Sudan Savanna of Nigeria
Did you hear the news!?! How could you not? It's the hippest thing to happen to green beans since grandma's vegan casserole. A team of researchers in Nigeria have shown that compost tea makes green bean plants grow bigger, healthier, and more productive. Here's how they did it:
The team of green bean scientists grew several plots of the legume during the rainy season of 2018 in Nigeria's Sudan Savanna. Compost Tea was applied at a low and high rates, 10 and 25 days after seeds were sown. Interestingly the tea application rates were extremely low, the high rate being only 25 gallons of tea over one hectare of land mixed in irrigation water and applied as a soil drench. The control garden area was given water without any tea added. At the time of harvest a number of productivity related characteristics were measured. And guess what....
The researchers found that using compost tea at the low and high rates both significantly improved growth characteristics. The bean plants grew taller, had more branches with more and bigger leaves, and they yielded bean pods that were longer and heavier. More and bigger beans, plain as day.
This study shows that a little compost tea goes a very long way. Thanks to the hard working ag-scientists of Nigeria for contributing their part to the ever evolving understanding of compost tea.