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- A cheesecloth or porous material
- Stirring rod
- ⅓ Bucket Compost
- ⅔ Bucket Water
- Add well-finished compost to a clean bucket. The compost should be of good quality to get the best tea. Fill the remaining space in the bucket with clean water. Choose well water or that which is free from chlorine.
- Steep the mixture for four to five days. In between the steeping period, often stir for proper mixing.
- Use a cheesecloth to strain the mixture. If you can’t find one, any porous fabric will do. (old shirts or burlap will be okay)
- Strain the tea into a clean bucket. Puttee residue in the compost bin or you can put it directly in the garden.
- Use well water or clean water free from chlorine to dilute the tea. It should have a golden color or that of weak tea.
- We advise using the tea immediately. Pour around your plant roots for absorption.
- Dilute the tea a little more for very young plants in pots.
- You can use the tea as an excellent foliage spray. Add to it a 1/8 of a teaspoon of mild dish-washing liquid or cooking oil in every gallon.
What is Compost Tea?
Compost tea is liquid fertilizer for vegetables, flowers, potted plants, and other vegetation. The liquid is very rich in nutrients, has a great balance, and is in organic form. Plant growth, as a result of this tea, is healthy and quickly fights against diseases.
What should Compost Tea smell like?
The odor is very unpleasant. It should be like a yeasty or earthy smell because of the rotting and fermenting process from steeping.
Where to buy Compost Tea
These teas are available for sale at the grocery stores, agro vets, and in online stores. We advise that you purchase from Amazon. There is a wide range of these teas in the store, and you can choose any composition that you like.
Are Tea Bags Compostable?
Yes, tea bags can compost. Tea is from dry leaves, and the organic types of tea make the best compost teas. The bags are readily available and go for cheap.
How to Apply Compost Tea to your Lawn
Use a spray bottle to make liquid foliar. Add 1/8 of a teaspoon of cooking oil or dish liquid soap to a gallon of the tea. The oil or soap will make spraying and absorption easier.
- Jean McLain, Channah Rock, and Valerisa Joe: Compost Tea 101: What Every Organic Gardener Should Know: June 2017
- Bahman Fazeli-naseb and Hatam Shaban: An Overview of the Benefits of Compost tea on Plant and Soil Structure: February 2015