When it comes to fertilizing everything from hanging baskets and potted plants, to flower beds and vegetable gardens, nothing compares to all natural homemade compost tea.
Compost tea is a simple, yet extremely fertile liquid solution created simply by soaking compost in water. When used on and around plants, it provides nutrients as the fertile solution is absorbed through the leaves and root zones. To make it, all you need is compost! See : How To Make Great Compost
Compost tea can be applied every few weeks to give plants a steady supply of natural nutrients. Unlike man-made synthetic fertilizers, it doesn’t contain high levels of salt. Salt levels in many fertilizers can slowly destroy soil structure over time. This can lead to the need for even more fertilizers to obtain the same results.
Homemade compost tea on the other hand, contains all-natural minerals and nutrients. The nutrients are absorbed into the water as the compost steeps and soaks in water
That resulting liquid solution, teeming with life, is easy for plants to absorb quickly and efficiently.
Homemade compost tea can be applied with a watering can or a pump sprayer. Simply soak the area around the root base and leaves of each plant.
As with any fertilizer, compost tea is best applied to the leaves of plants in the early morning or late evening. This keeps the sun and the heat of the day from scorching and burning foliage. And much like fertilizer, too much of a good thing can be harmful to plants.
How To Make Homemade Compost Tea In 4 Simple Steps
There are all sorts of fancy methods using gadgets and air pumps to create compost tea. But all you really need to make your own great liquid fertilizer is a 5 gallon bucket, a stir stick, water, and about 7 days of waiting.
Step 1 – Use a large pail or 5 gallon bucket and fill halfway with compost. Fresh compost works best, but you can also use purchased bagged compost if you don’t have your own compost pile. See : All-Purpose Compost
Step 2 – Next, pour in water and fill the bucket to the top. Stir the compost as you add the water. Place the bucket out of direct sunlight to avoid evaporation.
Step 3 – Each day, for the next seven days, stir the compost bucket at least once a day (twice is even better).
Step 4 – After 7 days, strain the liquid through a cloth or old kitchen colander. Your liquid magic is ready to use! Compost tea will keep for weeks on end, simply shake it up before each use.
You can take the leftover compost and place back in your compost bin to recharge with the pile. If you don’t have a compost pile, take the left over organic material and use it to mulch around plants.
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