How to Make Compost Tea (and Why You Should)

Midgard Farms  |  July 14, 2017

Making compost tea might sound like the kind of thing only a seasoned gardener can do but even a budding green thumb can start with a simple recipe and take advantage of the benefits compost tea has to offer. But why make compost tea in the first place?

Compost tea is a probiotic tonic for plants. It can be sprayed on the leaves or watered into soil to provide a boost of beneficial bacteria in the root zone. These bacteria help improve nutrient and mineral uptake by the roots. They also help fight off pathogens and prevent disease. By adding probiotics to the soil you’re also taking steps to improve soil health which benefits regional environments and ecosystems. So making compost tea isn’t just good for your plant it’s good for the environment as well.

For a simple compost tea we recommend starting with a natural source of probiotics like our Jord all natural plant food. The main source of probiotics in Jord is cricket frass (a.k.a. cricket droppings). Frass from insects is abundant in nature making it a natural source of probiotics for any plant. If you don’t have Jord though don’t worry, you can make compost tea using whatever compost you typically use in your garden

Start by filling your chosen container with a liter of cold water. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Jord or the compost of your choice and stir. Let stand for 2-3 hours. Once ready, stir and pour around the base of the plants of your choosing or strain and use as a spray for the leaves.

Interested in a stronger probiotic boost? Intensify you compost tea by combining other sources of probiotics like worm casting, liquid seaweed, or bat guano for a greater variety of beneficial bacteria.

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