GardenRx: Brew Manure and Compost Tea / PBS-TV’s Garden Rx starring Loren Nancarrow shows you how to brew up a batch of manure and compost tea for your garden.
Compost tea with molasses to feed the beneficial bacteria in the soil.
- To make: 1 shovelful of compost, 1 large piece of cheesecloth, 5-gallon bucket. Place compost in cloth and tie closed. Place package in bucket filled with water. Let steep for 2 to 3 days. Then add ¼ cup of black strap molasses or a handful of worm castings to feed the beneficial bacteria. Use as soil drench or foliar fertilizer. Expand ingredients proportionately to fill a trash can for lots of tea.
- Use fish pump to oxygenate the solution and get the good bacteria really growing.