Compost Tea

A Healthy Drink for your Plants!

Limited Compost? 

Try making compost tea to make the benefits of compost go further
As gardeners, we know that compost has many beneficial nutrients but it takes time for those benefits to reach your plants.  Here is a easy and quick recipe to make those nutrients immediately available to your plants in justtwo easy steps.

The idea is that as the mixture continues to have oxygen forced into the bucket, microbes adhere to the molasses which makes a much richer compost. Use the liquid on vegetables, seedlings, indoor or outdoor potted plants, grass, anywhere you might add compost.  You will love the results as your plants grow right in front of your eyes!
-Betsey Andersen, Horticulture Chair
Step 1:
Fill a 5 gallon bucket with water and aerate the water for an hour or two with a small pump.  (A smaller bucket will also work)
Step 2: 
Add 3-4 handfuls of your own compost or store bought compost,  4-5 capfuls of fish emulsion and  2-3 tablespoons/small pour (not a Landings pour) of molasses.
Stir everything together and continue to aerate the compost mixture for 24-48 hours.  Stirring every 12 hours or so.   Scoop out the liquid and water your plants, they will love it and you will love the results!
… any brand of compost, molasses or fish fertilizer is fine...
Don't worry if you get foam forming on the top, that means its brewing!
Don't Have an air pump?  Here is the lazy gardener's way of making Compost Tea ….
Fill a 5 gallon bucket with water and add 3-4 handfuls of compost. Let it sit for 24 hours stirring every so often.  The liquid will not be as dark or as potent, but the benefits will still be available to your plants immediately.

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