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What is compost tea?

Compost tea is more or less a liquid version of compost. You take your solid compost, and soak it in water and let the mixture sit around for a few hours or a few days. Then you pour the liquid through a screen, or through cheesecloth or something similar to strain out the solid material into a bucket. What you have then is compost tea.

Compost tea is great, because it is a very mild, organic liquid fertilizer that provides beneficial live organisms that improve the soil where you use it. It doesn’t burn plants like store bought fertilizers can.

Compost tea can restore beneficial organisms to your soil that were killed by pesticides or extreme
weather. Active organisms found in compost tea, such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes can
increase nutrient cycling and help your plants get the most nutrients from the soil.

Looking for information on making compost? Visit our main composting page and see everything else we have to say about the subject.

Other pages about compost tea

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection page on how to make compost tea.

NPR did this online article about making compost tea.

Soil Food Web also has a good good compost tea page.

Compost tea instructions from Simple Gifts Farm.

Browse composting equipment and other lawn and garden supplies at Clean Air Gardening.

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    • @sheena camarino, I assume you mean to pour the compost tea in the soil around your cabbage plants. I have not personally done this however I cannot image it doing anything but good. Give it a shot.

  1. I am making my first compost tea and have some questions. I found a calculator for compost but cannot find out if my ingredients in my compost tea are ok.
    I have compost (humus) from wood chippings, fruits, sea salt, wet leave pieces baby shrimp and rain water. I am going to stir for about a week and then strain. Does this sound like a good mix? I’m concerned the nitrogen level might be too low as it has a lot of brown ingredients.
    Thanks so much,
    Sandra