Brewing Compost Tea

Compost Tea is not something you’d want to drink like Earl Grey, but I think your plants would probably love to have a cup. It has many uses in your vegetable garden. It’s essentially the liquid extract of compost or manure. You can use any kind of compost, either the most intense variety of earthworm casting compost or the kind you make with your own yard clippings and yard waste.

Begin by taking a 5 gallon bucket filled with water and adding about a quart of compost to it, then stir it up. If you use an aquarium aerator and bubble air through the bucket for about 24 hours it really enhances the microbial activity. Some gardeners add a teaspoon of liquid fish and/or liquid seaweed to enhance the fungal content to break down even more nutrients in the compost slurry.

Filter and apply to your garden beds or directly to the plant’s leaves for foliar feeding directly. You’ll be amazed at the results you get. Watch the video for more tips and techniques.

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