Compost Tea

Compost tea comes from a special 24 hour brewing and aeration process.

This “brewing” extracts and breeds a diversity of beneficial fungi, bacteria, fungi, & protozoa in the tea that is 1000’s of times more concentrated than compost solids.

These soil food web workers will:
unlock & deliver nutrients to your plants
restore health to trees, perennials, transplants, berries, lawn, & doggie spots
prevent disease, esp. on tomatoes, cukes, & peppers

Compost tea is an effective way to extend your supply of compost.  It’s easy to apply with your watering can or sprayer.

Here you’ll find where to buy actively aerated compost tea, when, how to apply it, and what it does.

Helpful Information About Compost Tea

Actively Aerated Compost Tea

Author Ellen Vande Visse Teas #3 Actively Aerated Compost Tea to Nourish Your Plants All the soil minerals in the world won’t make your plants grow unless you have the soil biology to deliver these nutrients. It is the soil microorganisms—namely bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and nematodes— who transform soil minerals into forms plants can use. This is how nature works, and the more diversity and higher numbers of microbes, the healthier the soil and plants will be. Like compost, compost tea contains this plethora of microscopic organisms that we call soil biology or the soil food web. There is compost tea and actively aerated compost tea (AACT). What’s the difference? Compost leachate tea. You could soak some compost solids in …

Home Made Teas to Nourish Your Plants

Author Ellen Vande Visse Home-Made Teas to Nourish Your Plants “This series is to help you sort out fertilizers in liquid or tea form for your growing operations.” –Ellen Vande Visse The beauty of teas: Teas penetrate down to roots. Thus, you don’t have to dig them in like solid fertilizers, or disturb the roots of established crops, perennials, shrubs, fruit trees, etc. Teas can be sprayed—thus you add as a root drench and foliar application. Teas add or stimulate beneficial soil food web populations. Teas are gentle nourishment, so add them every 2-3 weeks. Teas that are home-made are readily available and save you money. What is… Worm tea? Manure tea? Compost tea? What’s in them? How can I …

Manure Tea to Nourish Your Plants

Author Ellen Vande Visse Teas #2 Manure Tea to Nourish Your Plants If you are someone rich in a livestock manure source, you can make manure tea to fertilize your garden plants. By livestock, I mean 4-legged mammals and poultry. Note that this is not compost. It’s raw poop from cows, horses, pigs, rabbits, llamas, goats, and such. You’ll want to avoid cat and dog manure. You’ve probably heard me harp about “Compost that manure before spreading!” But here is a different strategy: make a tea of that manure. You’ll save yourself the problems that come with applying manure directly on your soil, namely: raw manure contains lots of weed seeds raw manure robs soil of nitrogen while it decomposes …

Worm Tea to Nourish Your Plants

Author Ellen Vande Visse Teas # 1: Worm Tea to Nourish Your Plants In a typical worm bin, red wiggler worms digest and decompose kitchen waste, damp newspaper strips, and other organic matter. The red wigglers poop, and these accumulated “castings” are the vermi- compost. This product is a wet, crumbly, organic material. It is sweet-smelling and loaded with minerals and microbes. It’s very much like your finished compost from your outdoor compost heap, but vermi- compost is reported to contain somewhat higher populations of beneficial soil microbes per cupful. Make your worm tea from two sources: 1. LIQUID: the leachate or excess liquid that drains from a worm bin faucet—also called worm juice or worm pee. Dilute with about …

About Compost Tea

Author Ellen Vande Visse What is Compost Tea? (It is not the juice or leachate from your decomposing compost pile!) Compost tea is the product of “brewing” precise portions of: –High-quality compost, –Microbe foods, –Water (de-chlorinated and room temperature), and –Aeration (vigorous) –Time (usually 24 hours, but depends on the make of brewer). Hence the more proper name, Actively Aerated Compost Tea. What is “Brewing”? (Sorry, no china teapot; this is not a hot process!) Brewing is a breeding process to increase the Micro Herd of beneficial soil organisms. The above mixture is actively and continually aerated for about 24 hours (depending on the make of brewer). The communities of beneficial microorganisms on the crumbs of compost go into the …