The Green Thumb – Compost tea

A few weeks ago, we were talking about using a compost tea for planting your plants. But, you can actually use compost tea to fertilize your plants all summer long. Compost has many benefits for plants, not only providing some nutrition for the plant but also some microorganisms and disease resistant. Unlike conventional fertilizer that are sometimes made of salts, compost tea won’t burn plants, either.

So, how do you make compost tea? First, take a bucket (typically a 5 or 10 gallon bucket) and fill it with water. Next, get some good, fresh compost. Take that compost and begin to pour it into a pair of ankle-length panty hose. Squish the compost down and tie off the top of the panty hose. Dunk your homemade compost teabag a few times like you’re making tea. You’ll see the water begin to turn color. Experts recommend leaving the compost teabag to soak for a day or two so it steeps a little bit – like a fine tea. You may want to cover the bucket too to prevent mosquito larvae from getting in there. Come back in subsequent days and dunk again. By the third day, it should be ready to go.

When your compost tea is ready, take a hand sprayer or watering container and shower your plants with it. Make sure you spray it on the leaves of your garden plants.

Remember, you can use this all season long – generally 2 or 3 times a week depending on how much rain you pick up.

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