compost tea - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by howwwie
May 20, 2010
Recently when you answered one of my questions you mentioned compost tea. I am now ready to brew some. Is it ok to use compost I purchased from the town or should I buy some from a nursery? Also, I will make 5 gals. should I delute it with water or use it straight up on my plants? Thank you again, Howard

Answer from NGA
May 20, 2010
You can purchase pre packaged compost or use your own compost. "Passive" compost tea is prepared by immersing a burlap sack filled with compost into a bucket or tank, stirring occassionally. The water to compost ratio for making compost tea is a 5 gallon bucket of water and a shovelful of compost (3 big handfuls). Usually the brew time is from 7 to 10 days. This is the method that dates back hundreds of years in Europe, and is more akin to a compost watery extract than a "brewed" and aerated compost tea, but it is still full of nutrients and you can use it straight up, without dilution. You can then allow the compost in the burlap bag to dry out a little before spreading it as a mulch material around your plants.

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