- 10 to 15 Gallon bucket
- Aquarium pump & air stone set
- Nylon stocking
- Watering can
- 1 Cup inoculant (worm castings or compost)
- 1 Cup food (unsulphered molasses, humic acid or fish hydrolase)
Introduce healthy microbes to your soil, enhance yeild and quality of your vegetables. Brew compost tea and treat your garden to a well deserved tea party.
Compost tea is a dissolved, concentrated solution of nutrient-rich compost in water. You may overhear organic gardeners in our community talking about liquid gold – yup, that’s it! Follow our instructions on brewing and applying compost tea and treat your garden to this magical brew.
If the tea did not get enough oxygen or received too much food, anaerobes will have taken over, giving off a very unpleasant smell. If this happens, throw the tea out, and start over.
Apply tea to soil within four hours of removal from oxygen. Best results occur when tea is applied to moist soil once every one to two months. Also, one gallon should cover 1000 square feet of soil. Made too much brew? Share it with your neighbors!
- Fill a large, 10- or 15-gallon bucket with non-chlorinated water between 55ºF and 80ºF. If all you have is tap water, simply fill bucket with tap water, and let it sit uncovered for at least 24 hours.
- Place the air stone in the bucket, and attach the aquarium pump. Let water start to bubble.
- Place inoculant in the foot of the stocking.
- Tie off the open end of the stocking, and arrange it so that the foot is suspended in water. If you wish, tie the long end of the stocking around a stick and place the stick across the bucket opening.
- Squeeze the stocking gently to release organisms into water.
- Wait one hour; then add food.
- Let your brew bubble for 24 – 36 hours.
- If brew looks (and smells) good, remove the pump, and pour mixture through a strainer to remove debris.
- Fill a water can with the tea, and apply to your garden!