So I steeped myself in compost tea videos and compost tea articles. Lots of great information out there but with one problem — there are as many different ways to make compost tea as there are flavors of Celestial Seasonings (that’s a lot for you non-tea drinkers).
In lieu of how-to, step by step instructions, I’ve prepared a piping-hot list of the most common tips to consider when making compost tea:
1. Use de-chlorinated water. Set your bucket of water out for at least a few hours before adding the compost.
2. Add compost. Vermi-compost is best but you can use regular compost as well. You will want a good shovel-full for a five gallon bucket.
3. Only use sweet-smelling finished compost.
4. Stir in about 2 tablespoons of molasses (a spoon full of sugar helps the bacteria grow, the bacteria grow-oh…)
5. Aerate. Either stir it occasionally or buy an aerator to get it nice and frothy.
Oh, and the best tip of all, don't drink compost tea. Even with two tablespoons of molasses, it will still taste like dirt, literally.
I couldn’t find one video I really loved, so I would recommend you peruse and choose your own method.
Well, let’s get this par-tea started! Is anyone going to try making compost tea with me?