Are you looking to take your gardening skills to the next level this Spring? We'll teach you how to make a simple compost tea. It's easier than you think!
They say that tea makes everything better. And while you may have known that when it comes to people, did you know tea can help your garden feel better, too?
Compost tea is becoming quite popular with gardeners as they look for natural, yet effective, ways to make their gardens bloom. Making your own compost tea can be quite simple. You just need a few natural ingredients.
Take a look at how to make your own herbal compost tea so your garden can reap the benefits this mixture has to offer.
First, let’s talk about the supplies you will need for your compost tea. You can find most of these items via your local gardening center or even online retailers such as Amazon.
Either way, you will find these supplies are easy to afford and will last for batch after batch you decide to make.
- 5 gallon bucket
- ½ cup of unsulfured molasses
- ½ cup of worm castings
- Nylons (you can buy new ones or repurpose old ones you have on hand)
- Air bubbler/aquarium bubbler
- Before you begin, make sure all of your supplies are cleaned well and disinfected. Use a disinfecting soap to thoroughly wash and clean all buckets, tubing and other supplies you will be using for this recipe. You don’t want bacteria and germs to make their way into your tea!
- Place the bubblers at the bottom of the bucket. Make sure they are securely in place and won’t move once you add the water.
- Slowly add the water to the bucket. You can use rain water if you wish to be more eco-conscious.
- Add the worm castings to a nylon and tie a knot at the end so they won’t come out.
- Suspend the castings into the bucket.
- Add the unsulfured molasses to the water. Turn on the bubblers.
- Allow the mixture to bubble for 24 hours. Do NOT let the bubblers run for anymore than 36 hours. You don’t want to risk the mixture by overdoing it.
- One your mixture has bubbled for 24 hours, run it through an additional stocking or strainer to remove any large pieces or chunks that might have made their way into the mixture.
How to Use Your Compost Tea
Most people like to use a sprayer to distribute the compost tea into their garden. Since you are spraying the compost tea, it is important to not skip the straining step. Leaving any small bits or pieces in the mixture will clog your sprayer, which you don’t want!
You can apply your compost tea after the first few weeks of the gardening season, and make and apply again about a month later.
Get your garden blooming naturally when you give this recipe for compost tea a try. You will find it is simple to make and the end result could be what makes your garden really look its best!