Organic Compost Tea
Compost Tea is a liquid form of organic compost. It is a great fertilizer
for indoor and outdoor plants. Every gardener should use compost tea. Along
with it's cousin "manure tea", they are the "liquid gold" of flower,
herb, and vegetable gardening. In liquid form this fertilizer provides an
almost instant energy boost, as it is readily taken up by the plant's roots.
If you are not currently making and using Compost Tea, you are likely spending
money for a liquid fertilizer. Don't you think it's time to stop spending
hard earned cash, and use free, easy to make, organic compost tea? Sure you
Easy to make organic compost tea, is a by-product of the composting process.
It is made by soaking compost in water for a few days. The compost materials
release nutrients and minerals into the water, which is then drained off
for use in feeding your plants.... all of them.
All of your plants will respond positively, with new, greener growth. In
liquid form, nutrients and minerals are readily absorbed by your plants.
It reaps fast rewards with greener leaves, bigger, brighter blooms, and larger,
more prolific fruits and vegetables. From the minute your seedlings
emerge, to the final days of fall, your plants benefit from the nutrient
rich ingredients of compost tea.
Organic gardeners...... compost tea is for you. It is completely organic!
Gardening Tip: Your indoor
houseplants like compost tea, too.
How to Make Compost Tea:
Select a container, from a 5 gallon bucket to a 55 gallon drum. Fill the
container loosely with a variety of plant waste. Or, fill a burlap bag with
compost, and insert this "tea bag" into the container. Yes, you can toss
in a little manure in, too. Fill the container with water. Stir the mixture
every day. Aeration is important to the process of making compost tea. After
a week, your tea is ready to use.
Drain off the liquid. Strain out solid particles. For use as a liquid fertilizer
in a garden sprayer, strain the tea through a cheesecloth or other fine mesh,
to remove small particles that can clog the sprayer.
Tip: You do not have to use it all at once. If you only need a little,
take what you need, leaving the rest to continue to steep, until you need
The resulting pure compost tea is likely too strong for your plants. If you
put a lot of "greens" into the tea, the nitrogen content can be so high,
that it burns the plants. Before applying the tea to your plants, mix 10
parts water with one part compost tea. This 10:1 ratio dilutes the nutrient
levels, so the tea can be safely applied and absorbed.
Spread or bury leftover solid material in your garden, put it back into your
composter, or onto the compost pile for later use.
Tip: Apply this liquid fertilizer for foliar feeding, too. Sprinkle
diluted compost tea on the plant leaves. Nutrients in the tea, are readily
absorbed by the leaves.
Important Note: The liquid nutrients in compost tea, is used immediately
by plants. Because it is in liquid form, it washes out of your soil quickly.
Frequent applications are recommended.
Liquid Fertilizers versus Solid Granular Fertilizers
Because they are in soluble form, liquid fertilizers, like organic compost
tea, have an almost immediate impact on your plants. The nutrients are quickly
absorbed by the plant's root system. The benefit of liquid fertilizers
is short-lived. In liquid form, the nutrients do not remain in the soil long.
Solid, granular fertilizers and compost, release nutrients more slowly over
a period of time. It takes longer to begin to benefit your plants. But, it
lasts for weeks.
We believe the best fertilization program utilizes a combination of both
liquid and solid fertilizers.