Posted on June 24, 2008 by
My compost isn’t ready to use yet, but yesterday, I harvested my first round of compost tea to feed the plants in my garden. It’s a great natural plant food, made from kitchen scraps. Here’s how you “brew” it.
The composter I made a few weeks ago has holes in the bottom. I’ve balanced it on some bricks and placed an old plastic tray underneath it to collect the juice that flows out. As a part of the composting process, I wet down the compost from time to time, so it’s pretty juicy.
The compost tea that collected in the tray looked like coffee that’s been sitting in the pot for a few days and didn’t smell as bad as I thought it would. I poured it in a watering can, mixed in some water, and used that to water my plants.
There are other methods of collecting compost tea. Some composters come with a spigot at the bottom for emptying the tea. And there are even special machines and gadgets for making compost tea. Check out some other methods here.