Ain’t No Party Like a Compost Tea Party.

Posted on June 24, 2008 by Allie

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.

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  1. That is the greatest blogpost title I have ever seen.

    June 24th, 2008 at 5:15 pm
    Comment by The Modern Gal
  2. Why thank you! :) I’ve been watching this too much — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FArZxLj6DLk&feature=related

    June 24th, 2008 at 6:13 pm
    Comment by Allie

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