Supercharge Your Garden With Home-Brewed Compost Tea

Why spend way too much money on fertiliser? You can brew your own cheap and potent liquid fertiliser right at home with some compost and a bucket. Photo by Randy Son of Robert.

Many gardeners tend to compost piles to increase the organic makeup of their soil and boost nutrient content. While stirring in the compost a few times a year is great for the soil, you can use the compost to create a nutrient rich "tea" to pour on the leaves and roots anytime. The primary benefit is getting nutrients from the compost to the roots quickly, but many gardeners swear by misting it onto the leaves of plants as a way of treating leaf fungus and other plant ailments.

How do you make compost tea? Setups can range from something as simple as a five-gallon bucket to something as complex as holding tanks with built in agitators. For the sake of your weekend gardening budget and time table, the five-gallon bucket is a good place to start.

You throw some compost in your container, loosely filling it about half way, and top it off with water. Keep it out of direct sunlight, stir it once a day or so, and after a week you'll have a bucket of water that has absorbed key nutrients from the decomposing compost like nitrogen. Strain it off, dilute it in a 1:10 ratio with water, and you've got yourself some high quality liquid fertiliser. Check out the full guide at the link below for some finer points and additional information about the process, but rest assured that it isn't much more complex than compost in a bucket and a week of stirring. If you've ever made compost tea or set up a compost pile, let's hear about it in the comments below.

How to Make Compost Tea [DoItYourself.com]


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