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Compost tea is the most effective natural fertilizer your garden plants and seedlings can consume, and it is also highly effective in suppressing the effects of fungal infections.

Compost tea

How to Make and Use Compost Tea

The process of brewing compost tea will extract and multiply nutrients and useful fungi and bacteria while keeping them in liquid form, which is easier for plants to utilize.

You do not need any special equipment to make compost tea, and this is how you can do it:

Mix compost and water in a 40 gallon container, keeping the mixture away from extreme heat and cold (use 10 gallons of water for every 10 pounds of compost).

Stir periodically for the next 5 days.

After 5 days, strain the liquid from the compost with either burlap or cheesecloth, and make sure that there are no unpleasant odors or bubbles. Use the tea as it is without diluting it, immediately.

It is always advisable to make use of sweet, mature earth-smelling compost because the ones that smell unpleasant might be anaerobic, therefore very few microbes will be able to survive.

The easiest way to acieve this is to keep the temperature of your compost pile between 135° and 155°F for the week prior, or for as long as you will need to, by turning the pile from time to time. In the event that you have a pile that you have been composting for a whole year, this one will not even need to heat up to the perfect temperature range, it will still deliver good compost tea.

Due to the likelihood of the presence of E. coli in the ingredients try and keep the compost hot while you allow it to keep maturing. As a rule of thumb, resist the temptation to apply compost tea to vegetables that are to be harvested in around 3 weeks’ time.

 

 

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