PROJECT : Compost Tea
For all you beginner gardeners out there, hope for a green thumb is right in you backyard, windowsill or front porch. Our fresh fruits, veggies, herbs, spices, trees and flowers shall be luscious and bountiful. Just do your research and do not be fearful to try new things. Even the smelly ones…
- A SHOVEL FULL OF COMPOST
- KOI POND WATER/FISH TANK WATER
- FRESHLY CLIPPED WEEDS
- A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR ( AS MARY POPPINS SAYS)
- THIS MORNINGS LEFTOVER COFFEE/GRINDS
- DASH OF SOIL (IF YOU LIKE)
- STIR STICK/ FISH TANK BUBBLER
I have read online a number of different estimations. I begin the filtering process a week after mixing all the ingredients into a 13 gallon old trash can. A 5 gallon bucket will work just fine though. In this timeframe I daily stir the tea since I have not picked up a bubbler.
After the week is up strain the tea through a natural cloth material. I did not have cheese cloth at home so I cut an old cotton shirt into a large square. Then to seal the cloth around a large canister with something elastic or stretchy like a fat rubberband or even an old bungee cord. Mine is made with a tall coffee canister, old t-shirt and a large rubberband thing…
Easy and all from things I would have ended up throwing away or letting sit in a draw somewhere without a purpose. My homemade filtration process is always evolving though since your tea will obviously be stinky. If you think brewing compost tea is a bit extreme with all the fertilizers sold in store, go ahead and compare them. That’s what I did. I set up a seed growing experiment that I will share In another post for another day.
Daily I pour a cup full into the watering can and then proceed to use Koi pond water instead of hose water. The hose water has chlorine in it which reduces the effect of the tea.