Compost Tea Recipe




How to make compost tea



My compost tea recipe is super easy to make, you just steep compost in water and that’s it! Compost tea is very rich in nutrients that plants love and you don’t even need¬†chemical fertilizers. (Although just to be honest I don’t think I’ll ever give up my Miracle Grow!)


To make Compost Tea:

Fill a 5 gallon bucket with water. If you use water from the house let it sit for 24 hours to let the chlorine evaporate.

The next day add about 1/2 gallon of compost (give or take) to the water and stir. You can put it in an old pillowcase or a piece of fabric tied with a string and that will make straining your compost tea easier later.

Mix or swirl if using a pillowcase.

Let it sit 3-7 days and stir well each day.

Dilute to 5 parts water to 1 part compost tea.

Sprinkle around the soil and don’t let it get on the leaves of your plants or it may burn them if you water with compost tea on a sunny hot day.

That’s it! Free fertilizer for your garden.


 photo by normanack



2 comments to Compost Tea Recipe

  • Sheri

    Whew! I’m so glad you didn’t want ME to drink it! I surely was curious as to what you had in mind.

  • i have tried a couple of coopmst bins. To be honest i have gotten the best results just making a pile and leaving it, turning it every couple of weeks. Two drawbacks in my opinion of bins is air circulation and creating a barrier for insects to enter. i had a black coopmst bin which from what i read was a popular model. The contents never got hot. This baffled me for a long time then i decided to just make a pile in a sunny area. after a good rain it gets piping hot.

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