Compost tea is really simple to make and simple to use. You can make it on a large scale or on a small scale.
Today I made an itty bitty batch for a few of my plants growing in the window. (It also photographs better than a big ugly bucket) I wrapped some compost in cheese cloth (you could also use piece of fabric) and stuck it in a mason jar and filled it with water. After a day or two, I just take out the cheese cloth/compost and am left with some compost tea which I will use to water my plants. Then the old compost goes right back into the compost bin.
Normally I make it in a 5 gallon bucket by just scooping a few handfuls of compost in the bucket, then filling it with water.
You can get in depth and complicated using molasses and pumps, but I prefer to go the simple route.
Why use compost tea?
- It gets nutrients to your plants quickly
- It increases plant growth
- Replaces toxic garden chemicals