Making your own compost tea

Compost tea is a mixture of water with nutrients and oxygen-loving (aerobic) bacteria, fungi, nematodes and other microbes that live in finished compost. It is not easy to separate these organisms from compost, which is why compost tea is made by mixing compost in water for a day or more.

How to make your own tea

Start with a watertank filled with NON-CHLORINATED water and add your preferred ingredients. Best to do so in a so called teabag. For better results you can add Molasses.

Oxygenate the mixture with an air pump for 12 to 48 hours. If you making your compost tea with a water temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. It will take up to 48 hours before the mix is ready. With an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, your mix is ready in 24 hours.

You can evaporate the chlorine out of tapwater by exposing it to the light and letting it rest for at least 24 hours or oxygenating with an air pump, several hours before making the tea.

Video tells you more then words

Take a look at this video . It shows how to make a compost tea.

This video shows you making tea with your own worm casting

What can you use as compost

How to make a compost is a profesion in itself. Using, for instance, your kitchen scraps, mixing it with leaves and mawn grass is hard but thankfull work. But not everyone has the chance to make his own compost pile. Organic Earth has a lot to offer when you want to make your own compost tea: Plagron Mega worm, Plagron Bat Guano, Bio Tabs PK Compost Tea, Lurpe Green Sunrise, Lurpe Healthy Harvest,

The main disadvantage to compost tea is that its benefits are reliant upon the quality of the compost used to make the tea. This makes its effectiveness very difficult to predict because no two batches are exactly the same, even if you use compost from the same pile.

On the other hand; if you trust mother nature, you know this is the way to go.

How to use

You can apply compost tea in irrigation and via foliar. A foliar application of tea will cover the surface of the leaves with microbes that protect from pathogens.

During the proces, foam may be generated, it is not an indicative of tea quality.

  • Drain the bag to take advantage of the remaining juices.Irrigate without filtering.
  • Undiluted for the most demanding crops.
  • Dilute up to 10% in less demanding crops and/or as a foliar spray.
  • Compost the content of the bag.

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