Oh, You don’t drink it? In the next few minutes I will explain to you how to make tea.
Aerated compost tea is a liquid extraction of beneficial organisms from good quality compost. It is made by adding compost with a microbial food source to water, and then adding oxygen for a period of time, sufficient to allow the microbiology in the compost to reproduce. In other words, aerated compost tea is a liquid extract of compost that contains soluble nutrients and microorganisms. Compost tea takes the biological part of compost, and puts it into a liquid form. Making, and brewing compost tea is very simple. So simple that even my 6 year old can do it!
How to make tea
For those who are unfamiliar with compost tea, it’s an incredible way to improve your soil’s health. Making tea is a great way to multiply beneficial microorganisms that will help suppress plant disease. The great thing about it, is that you can use it as much as you want, and it will not burn your plants , and in a way, serves as a natural fertilizer for your plants.
These are the materials you will need to start brewing tea:
One 5 gallon bucket (like the ones you can buy at your local hardware store. Compost (Use good quality compost, from a local farm, or even better from your own yard). Fish fertilizer, seaweed fertilizer (My favorite is Neptune’s Harvest, but any type of fish fertilizer will do). A cheesecloth bag (Or something similar). Molasses (Pretty sure you have some around your pantry…). An aerator (You need something that is going to make a lot of bubbles).
Start with a 5 gallon bucket full of water. Add approximately 1 cup of good compost into the bag and submerge the bag into the bucket. In order to feed the microbes we will add 1 tablespoon of molasses, and 1 tablespoon of seaweed, or fish fertilizer. Molasses is food for the bacteria in the compost, and fish/seaweed fertilizer will be food for the fungi. Connect the aerator so oxygen is introduced into the brew.
The rule of thumb is that tea will be ready in around 36 hours, and the cool thing about it, is that 5 gallons of tea can cover up to 1 acre of land!
This year, give compost tea a try. Post some comments to let me know how much you love, or hate compost tea.