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How to Make Compost Tea

By GrowOrganic.com on July 27, 2012

In this video, Tricia shows you how to make compost tea using a Growing Solutions compost tea brewer.

  Comments (15)

D

this video is useless unless you happen to have the tea brewer named inthe video.  Even if you do, there is little to no useful information.

Posted by David on Jul. 27, 2012 at 10:28:11 PM

C

I agree with David.  Disappointing.  Just a commercial; nothing helpful for home gardeners.

Posted by Cindy on Jul. 28, 2012 at 4:10:54 AM

C

It is a comercial, but they are a business with payrolls, taxes etc. They have to sell to be able to produce these videos that I enjoy.

That said, that tea brewer is not that complicated with few moving parts and $600.00 for the ten gallon one is high! As time goes on they will sell more and the price will come down to my budget. I have made tea with nylon stocking full of compost from my worm poster and in a pickel barrel and a fish tank bubbler, the stuff works. Dirty job and this device would be a much cleaner process and I am sure I would buy one but it would have to a whole lot less than $600.00 :D

Posted by Cost on Jul. 28, 2012 at 4:32:07 AM

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This video is just the tip of the info chain. I bought the 5 gallon bucket kit and have been brewing in small batches since. I recommend the book “Teaming with Microbes Agardener’s Guide to the Soil Fodd Web” by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis.
The large 100 gallon brewer is great if you have alarge garden or you are working on amunicipal scale.
The 5 gallon that I bought is only good for a small suburban garden.
All the best: Steven

Posted by Steven A. Ormenyi on Jul. 28, 2012 at 2:49:10 PM

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Good grief…HELLO ?? How about showing how to make small batches since most of us DO NOT HAVE A SILO to make tea with .
I’m ‘jus sayin “.

Somebody over thought this one !

Posted by Anie on Jul. 28, 2012 at 3:32:36 PM

L

Fascinating!!

Posted by Larry Russell on Jul. 28, 2012 at 6:24:39 PM

L

I fill a 5 gallon container with rain water ( if no rain water just use tap water and let it stand for a few hours until the chlorine evaporates). Add a pound of vermicompost and two tablespoons of molasses stir it well and let it sit covered for 24 to 48 hours. Strain it, put it into a sprayer an spray the foliage of all your plants once a week. You will see the difference. Happy gardening.

Posted by Louie on Jul. 28, 2012 at 8:04:24 PM

D

Thanks for the affordable option . What do you strain it with? I cannot afford 600.00 and any simple solutions are welcome for the Small farmer .

Posted by Dory on Jul. 28, 2012 at 9:24:18 PM

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I agree with Cost.  I made a screen for my compost and use tap water conditioner to get rid of the choloramine, generally throw in a handful of alfalfa pellets with the compost.  Also add molasses (1/4 cup) and when I have about a quart of liquid drainage from my worm bins I will use that in place of the compost.  Generally brew for 48 hrs.

Posted by RT on Jul. 29, 2012 at 1:34:26 PM

C

Get a 55 gallon drum and cut the top off. Drill a spigot into the bottom and use the same equipment you use for a 5 gallon. I found my old air stones and pump put out enough bubbles to activate 45 gallons, full bubble over in the morning. Too hard of bubble and agitation will kill off more good microbes and cut up your fungi.
This video was pretty disappointing, doesn’t really teach how to make compost tea, but you guys do a great job on so many others we can over look this one.

Posted by Chris on Jul. 29, 2012 at 2:05:52 PM

L

Dory,I use a big fine kitchen strainer (I don’t think my wife needed it any more). You can also use a piece of window screen mesh lined with some kind of cloth like muslin. Just make sure that there are no solid particles in the tea or you are going to spend most of your time unclogging the sprayer.

Posted by Louie on Jul. 29, 2012 at 5:07:12 PM

D

We use a manure tea that we make in a garbage can.  Take a pillow case and fill with manure, any kind will do.  Donkey, horse, cow, chicken, rabbit or parrot works great.  We let it seep in the can for a night or two. Use a brass siphoning device ($30) with your hose and water with a sprinkler or with a nozzle.  The siphoning device mixes the solution with the water at about 1to 16.  You can also pour the mix into smaller buckets to carry to desired plants.  Everything gets greener!

Posted by diane welch on Jul. 29, 2012 at 10:15:09 PM

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Here is an inexpensive way (compared to many others) to make a large batch of compost tea.

We used a large 60 gallon plastic garbage bin with a lid, (from Home Depot or similar store),  an air pump (to feed oxgygen into the brew), a pump that would give the pressure to a garden hose to spray, some pre made compost tea bags, some liquid kelp and fish, coffee grinds and I believe we also used molasses and our lawn and plants looked great after using this.  I was able to do two front lawns ( 50x50)  and all my plants, (a little goes a long way)  The temperature outside must be at least 80 or so to heat up the brew and we let the air pump provide oxygen to the mix for a day or so and then we sprayed away.  For more detail on this procedure check the “Ask This Old House” website for “organic compost tea” and you can probably puchase the fish and kelp liquid from this website.

Posted by Debbie D. on Aug. 02, 2012 at 8:04:03 PM

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There were several complaints that this video was a commerical and had no value but they were wrong.  The video is a commerical and it is meant to inform customers, who have larger gardens or commerical gardens, a quicker means to make larger quanties of compost tea.  It was to inform and educate and now I know that I can produce larger quanties of compost tea with equipment which I knew nothing about prior to observing the video.  Thanks.

Posted by Lorren Britton on Aug. 25, 2012 at 11:07:22 AM

Thanks for your discussion and tips! Yes, this video is meant for gardeners and farmers who need to brew a LOT of aerated compost tea. We have a smaller kit for home gardeners and show that in a different video about aerated compost tea http://groworganic.com/organic-gardening/videos/compost-tea

Posted by GrowOrganic.com on Oct. 04, 2012 at 11:51:29 AM

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