Every good prepper should know how to make compost tea. If you’re already creating your own compost, then it’s simply to go one step further and make some nutrient-rich tea out of it for your plants. My plants absolutely love the stuff; both in the garden and even my plants indoors. Here are some easy instructions on how to start brewing your very own supply of compost tea to start the gardening season off right.
Supplies Needed for Compost Tea:
This is a very short list! The hardest part is waiting for the compost to be ready for the tea-making process.
• 1 Five Gallon Bucket
• Finished Compost
• Unsulfured Molasses (optional)
Compost Tea Step One: Getting Started
Use a clean 5 gallon bucket and fill it ⅓ of the way full of finished compost. This means that you’re using compost that already looks like black dirt from the garden. Using fresh compost eventually leads to a bucket full of rotten sludge that is useless and has a putrid aroma eeking from it. I also like to make sure I’m using a bucket that hasn’t contained anything toxic, such as bleach water or any other types of chemicals that will harm my plants.
Compost Tea Step Two: Mixing the Tea
Fill the bucket to the top with fresh water that is un-chlorinated. I have well-water at my home, so I don’t have to worry about chemical-filled water that people in most big cities deal with. If you have to use water that is chlorinated, then fill a bucket up with water the night before and let it set for 24 hours before adding it to your compost. Mix in an ounce of the unsulfured molasses to give the beneficial microorganisms something to munch on. Don’t worry if you can’t find this type of molasses or don’t have any on hand. Your compost tea will still be tasty to your plants.
Page 2 – Compost Tea: Steeping the Mixture and Preparing Tea for the Garden