New Garden Soil Preparations:
Seed Starting Mix:
Annuals, Vegetables, or Perennials:
DIY Potting Soil:
When Applying Mulch:
Home Brewed Actively Aerated Compost Tea
Compost “Tea”: Water weekly at normal rates for plants needs.
Mix 3 - 5 cups Earthworm Castings per 5 gallons of chlorine free water. (¼ - ½ cup for every 2 quarts of chlorine free water)
We recommend brewing for at-least 12 to 48 hours. The finished compost tea will be an amber to brown color much like a well brewed cup of tea. Your compost tea should remain aerated until applied as the shelf life can be very short. You can apply teas with a watering can as a soil drench or a with a pressurized sprayer. Actively Aerated Compost Tea should be used immediately after removal from your aerobic tea brewing system. The colonies of aerobic organisms can quickly consume the oxygen in the tea, and begin to die or go to dormant. The un-aerated teas can be bottled and stored for several days in a cool dark place or in the refrigerator for up to one week. Allow a 4" air gap in bottle. Un-aerated, teas can lose as much as 30% - 50% of the biological diversity. Un-aerated teas can still be useful unless the brew goes anaerobic. You’ll know your tea has gone anaerobic if the tea has a strong foul odor. Aerating and adding complex sugars will reactivate many of these dormant micro-organisms and return the tea to an aerobic state.
The home brewing of actively aerated compost teas provide a healthy alternative to toxic chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.