WFMW- Compost Tea

It is warm outside.  The sun is shining and spring has very much settled in down here in the deep south.

  What does that mean?  I am in full gardening mode, baby!  I love gardening.  I love the flowers, the fresh food and watching as the plants grow. 

Do you have a black thumb or maybe a brown one?  Is it a little green but you are looking for supergreen?  LOL  I have a great little recipe for you to use on your plants that will help them to grow and thrive. 

It is called compost tea.  It can also be manure tea.  Both are excellent.

What you need is compost.  Rich, black, healthy compost.  If you do not have a compost pile then you can buy bags of compost at your local  home improvement store. 

You will also need a pair of pantyhose and a 5 gallon bucket.   Cut the pantyhose off at right about the knee area so you have two individual legs.

Fill the 5 gallon bucket up with water.  Your best choice is rain water if you collect it. 

Next, you fill the bottom 5-6 inches of one of the feet of the pantyhose with compost and loosely tie the top of it. 

Then, allow the pantyhose of compost to steep in the water just like you would do with a tea bag and a cup of water.  It is best to let it steep in the sun.  The heat makes it stronger.  Allow it to steep for 24-36 hours.  Periodically move your “tea bag” around to release more nutrients. 

Now the “tea” is ready to be fed to your plants.  You can either have someone strong enough carry the bucket around or you can dip the liquid gold out with a smaller bucket. 

Pour the “tea” directly around the roots of the plants and not on the top of them. 

If your bellpeppers have buds on them or are blooming do NOT fertilize them.  You will have big, beautiful plants but no peppers!  Only fertilize them when they are young. 

I prefer to use a mixture of manure and compost to make my “tea”.  70% compost and 30% manure in pantyhose.  The plants just thrive on it.  You can also buy composted manure at your local home improvement store. 

In addition to compost and manure you can also use worm castings and/ or fish emulsifier.

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