What Is Compost Tea?Compost tea is the process of straining the vital nutrients, beneficial microbes, and minerals that are in compost, using water. Compost tea contains everything a commercial fertilizer could only dream it had. One thing that compost and compost tea does that no other fertilizer can do is its ability to control diseases and fungi on vegetable (or flowering) plants.
How To Brew Your Own Compost TeaBrewing your own compost tea is very simple and does not require much work at all. Here are the items you will need in order to easily brew compost tea:
- 2 - 5 gallon buckets, cleaned and free of any dirt
- some well-aged compost, enough to fill the bucket at least halfway
- a fine screen strainer or old piece of burlap
- a stirring stick
- First, shovel some of the well-aged compost into one of the clean 5 gallon buckets, filling it almost halfway.
- Fill the rest of the bucket with fresh, clean water (using gray water or water from a rain barrel will do also). Make sure you don't overfill the bucket with water, just fill the bucket about 3 inches from the top. You will need this room when stirring the tea.
- Leave the bucket with the compost and water outside for a couple of days. It is very important to make sure the bucket stays out of the sunlight. The sunlight can foul the tea.
- Occasionally stir the mixture to make sure it separates properly and to allow the mixture to aerate. Oxygen is important in the mixture because this helps the microbes thrive and keeps the tea from becoming a stinky mess.
- After a few days, the tea is ready to strain. Take the other clean bucket and place the strainer on top (an old piece of burlap works better). Gently and carefully pour the liquid from the compost bucket into the strainer. The valuable compost tea will pour through the strainer and into the second bucket. Continue this until you have strained all the good compost tea from the compost bucket.
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