Making compost tea is similar to making a cup of tea…..simply steep your compost in water and voila! We scoured the internet for resources on this and found many different methods…..this is how we chose to do it.
- container (5 gal. bucket or rubbermaid container)
- air pump (buy at your local pet store)
- tubing for air pump
- finished compost (either from worm bin or compost)
- old sock or pantyhose
How to set up:
- collect your compost. we used worm poop from our worm bin.
- measure out your compost (~2 cups for every 5 gal. of water) and put into your sock or pantyhose and tie off the ends.
- add water to your container (if you are using tap water, let it sit overnight to allow chlorine to evaporate. the chlorine can destroy the good bacteria in the compost)
- set up your air pump and immerse ends in water
- add your compost-filled sock (we tied the sock to a dowel and used the dowel to hold the compost sock in place – see pic below)
- add 2 tbs. molasses (1 tbs for every 5 gal. of water). this provides food source for beneficial microorganisms
- turn on the air pump and let it steep for 24-48 hours
- after it has steeped, add the tea to your plants (put in spray bottle and apply directly to foliage or add to soil as if watering)
- the compost can be reused (add to your potting soil or put back in your compost pile)
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What’s the purpose of the compost tea, is it like a plant food?
Yes, it’s yummy food for plants. You can put it in a spray bottle and spray right on the foliage or add to the soil. This is our first such experiment using compost tea; we will report on results. From our research, this is hands down the best way to fertilize. There is a company called Terracycle that was founded on compost tea made from worm poop.
Thanks for the recipie. I have a bin full of worms and a bed of garlic.. Now I have a new project 🙂