Hi I'm Tricia, a california organic gardner. Years and years ago when i first heard about compost tea i thought wow i'm really into this organic gardening but i don't think i can drink tea made of compost and actually it's not for drinking its actually for your plants.
Today i'm going to show you how to make a good thing like compost even better. I'm making compost tea, compost tea takes all the benefits of compost and enhances them. It helps the plants stay healthy and increases the availability of nutrients and it helps speed up the breakdown of toxins. To make my compost tea Ill be using this ready-made home brewing kit it has the aquarium pump, tubing, a strainer bag, air stones, arctic humus and a catalyst to get the microorganisms really going the secret to good compost tea is aeration. I'm taking two, six foot lengths of tubing and plugging them in to these aerating stones and putting them in the bottom of a five-gallon bucket. So just fill the bucket with water up to about three inches from the top, if you have city water be sure and run the pump for about one to two hours to get all the chlorine dissipated. I'm going to add four tablespoons of this catalyst which is made of good stuff like seaweed extract and humic acids but you can also use unsulphured molasses. This net will act as a strainer for the compost that i'm about to add I'm going to add one quart of this arctic humus which is a naturally occurring compost harvested conservatively in Alaska. Vermi compost which is compost made by worms is another great compost to use or you can use any high quality homemade compost. So now were going to let it brew for about twenty four to forty eight hours and just stir occasionally.
You can add various types of micro nutrients to the compost tea after its brewed. For example i want to add some trace minerals such as MaxiCrop because I'm going to use my compost tea on my newley transplanted vegetable seedlings, fish fertilizer for nitrogen in the vegetative growth stage and for fruiting and flowering add the high phosphorus bat guano or Biolink. Well my compost tea should be ready now it's been brewing for about one-and-a-half days. It has a lovely earthy smell and a coffee like color, if you're tea smells unpleasent it means it went anaerobic and you'll need to start over. Okay were are going to take this strainer bag out as well as the little aerating stones and the tea is ready to use, you want to use it right away as either a foliar feed or a soil drench. And now my peas my beans are enjoying a compost tea party so thanks to my compost tea I can enjoy my herbal tea and watch my garden grow organic for life.