How To Make Compost Tea – Organic Fertilizer For Your Plants

in today’s episode we look at making
compost tea which is an organic nutrient supplement for your plants now let’s look at
what you need to prepare compost tea you will need a bucket five-gallon bucket
you will need an air pump you’ll need a small piece of quarter inch tubing a
small piece of soaker hose and some weights you will need some compost you can either
use bagged compost or you can use your own homemade compost you will need fish
fertilizer, seaweed, as well as molasses which you can find at any grocery store our first step in the brewing processes is
to make sure that our water is free of chlorine now a lot of household tap
water contains chlorine which is bad for beneficial bacteria so this is how you
get rid of the chlorine and this is done by using the air pump that we saw
we’ve connected the air pump outlets to this barbed tee which in turn connects to the quarter inch
tubing and then into a soaker hose and the weight is used to keep the soaker hose
down another reason of using a soaker hoses is that it produces a lot of these
air bubbles that add a lot of oxygen into the water Our next step is to add compost
I’m using a bagged composed here but you can use your own compost as well
and you just need a handful of compost as you can see here you do not
need to over do it this is the fish fertilizer, seaweed which will add nutrients
to the soil and there’s also molasses which’ll be food for the bacteria as the
compost tea brews now we’re gonna add our ingredients to our compost tea which has
been brewing for about an hour or so to get rid of the chlorine in the water and
what we do is we add the compost now remember that the whole idea of making
compost tea is to add a lot of beneficial bacteria in the Tea we’re gonna add some fish fertilizer and seaweed
which will not only add nutrients but also feed the bacteria in the soil
part in the compost tea and this is the seaweed you just need to add a capful
tablespoon of each don’t need to overdo it and then we add molasses
which can be found in any grocery store and what the bacteria do is they feed on
the molasses and then they keep multiplying and they keep multiplying to
an extent where there are just so many beneficial bacteria that your compost it
becomes very nutritious and that’s the whole idea of brewing your compost tea and what the air pump does is that it
adds a lot of oxygen in the water we now stir everything together very well with
a stick and by adding all that oxygen in the compost tea what happens is that
we feed the aerobic bacteria which is the beneficial bacteria in this compost
tea and which multiplies and becomes large in number and it also feeds on the
molasses that we added in the compost tea and once again here’s how the air
pump is connected to the soaker hose via these barbed tees basically the two
tubes connected via the barbed to the quarter inch tubing and then back into
the soaker hose which creates all these air bubbles and now all we need to is let this
tea brew or anywhere between 24 to 72 hours and I’ll show you how the tea looks
like a stage so after 24 hours you can see that the bacteria in the compost
tea has begun to multiply you can see that with all the froth around the
surface and after 48 hours it just increases you can see how the tea looks
like in 48 hours now at 48 hours the tea is actually usable but if you want
more beneficial bacteria just let it keep brewing and you can see that 72
hours later can see a lot more of that froth which is
when you take out your tubing you turn the air pump off and you’re ready to
use your compost tea so to use it all you do is just put it on the base of
any plant it will be absorbed by the roots you can also foliar-apply the
compost tea as I’m doing here I’m not using a pump here but you get the
idea now compost tea is also very good for seedlings because seedlings don’t
need a strong fertilizer so compost tea works very well and because compost tea is so natural
organic and doesn’t contain any salts that would harm you plants you can use it
in containers you can use it for fruit trees and remember that by adding
compost tea you are adding a gazillion bacteria into your
soil and what the bacteria does is it let your plants absorb all the nutrients from the soil
very efficiently so what you’re gonna see is very healthy plants that not only
look good, they taste very good as well and show a very nice good overall vigor
in their growing and if you have not tried making compost tea before I highly recommend
that you try out this technique you’ll be pleasantly surprised so there we have
it, that was our episode on making your own compost tea this was one of the
most requested videos that my viewers wanted me to make so I hope you like
this video if you liked the techniques do give us a thumbs up we always like to
listen to your comments and I’ll see you again soon happy gardening

100 thoughts on “How To Make Compost Tea – Organic Fertilizer For Your Plants

  1. 1. 5 gallon bucket:
    2. Air pump:
    3. Tubing for air pump:
    4. Soaker hose (0.25 inch):
    5. Barbed Tee connector:
    6. Fish Fertilizer:
    7. Seaweed (Kelp) Fertilizer:

  2. At 36 hrs tops the tea is fully activated. In biology class it is known not to go over 36 hours because then it weakens the microbes. Add soil & eorm castings, some EM1-The other thing avoid clogging the flexible stone by putting your soil hanging from a stocking.

  3. There is no chlorine in the tap water, it's actually hypochlorite which is bleach, it's not a gas so air bubbles would not blow it out of the water. One way to get rid of it is put the water in direct sun for a few days. It will be decomposed or reacted with the water and go away.

  4. Is a compost tea fertilizer? I ask because I need to know if I need to invest in some type(s) or OMRI organic fertlizers. The other reason I ask is because into the tea different fertilizer amendments are being added – worm castings, maybe alfalfa meal, etc. Thank you!

  5. At two days the bacteria become so many that they run out of food and start to die out. 24 hrs is well enough.

  6. Thank you for this very helpful video sir. Do you think that heating the water might speed up the process?

  7. Don't bother using bagged compost it'll be no good for compost tea, a good home made compost will work great

  8. Hi sir thank u for sharing this great video I would like to ask if I don’t have water pump is it ok just to boil it or what’s the alternative way thank u

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  10. Thank you so much for the video! It got right to the point and was easy to follow. How often do you give this to your vegetable plants?

  11. Heck with the fish fertilizer kelp and molasses he doesn’t need anything else lolthat alone with make a plant shoot up!

  12. Thank you! landscaping my mothers property and building her flower beds, trees that produce fruits and a veg farm! Doing this all in an organic way!

  13. Iam considering this my hydroponic garden, but iam concerned about a possible bad smell, and longevity before discarding it from the garden.

  14. I have a few questions. I add this to my plants at the veg stage? Or later towards the bloom and if I am doing this I dont need to add any other nutrients such ass bud candy or b-52 or would these nutrients still help?

  15. I just started brewing using your method and I’m wondering what smell it should give off once done. How will I know if it spoiled? Right now it smells mostly like fish emulsion.

  16. No chloramine in your water? I use Microbe Life Dechlorinator which gets rid of chlorine and chloramine. It's a trade off, but I'll take trace amounts of sodium thiosulfate over chlorine and chloramine, any day. It would take over a month to aerate chloramine out of your water.

  17. Love you video, and easy to follow instructions. Question: I'm striving for a more fungal dominated garden soil. Can I skip the molasses in the recipe? Thank you sir

  18. I only have the bucket, compost, fish fertilizer, and seed weed . I guess without the pump it’s not possible to make?

  19. Hey Nice work! Keep it up!! I want to know if i dont want to use the fish feritlizer since i am a vegan how to make this tea??Please answer!!

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  21. Works great. I add mykos and azos beneficials, bat guano. The more foam the more microbes your brewing!

  22. Years ago I split a gallon of Alaskan fish fert with a friend. My half was in a Tupperware container. It was a hot day and we stopped by the river for quick swim. Someone broke into my car and stole my backpack with the fish fert in it. They wrecked about 4 miles down river, I imagine that’s about the time they opened the jug lol, Karma.

  23. I do not have an air pump can this still be made without one? Love you videos – love how you break things down to be simple and easy. Keep up the great work and stay blessed🌸

  24. Thank you for this helpful video! I feel there is a lot of love that you put into your garden! The one question I have is how often to water your plants with the tea. Would you water your plants with the tea every time the plant needs water?

  25. That is the best stuff i have ever used!!!! I call it poop soup cause man it stinks!!! Do not make it in your garage!!!!!!

  26. You need to make sure you are using UNSULFURED molasses. Sulfur kills bacteria so by adding sulfured molasses you’re actually killing all of the bacteria in your tea, thus defeating the purpose of compost tea.

  27. Great vid on comps. Cheerz fam appreciate you sharing your knowledge on this cheerz fam stay growen stay medicated fam 🤙💪💨💨💨💨

  28. Fish fertilizer is junk. They use extreme heat in the manufacturing which destroys all of the beneficial aminos that fungus likes. You want fermented fish or fish hydrolysate. Use Neptune's harvest and your tea will be spilling over with fungi.

  29. I have followed steps exactly except for using a smaller pump (40 gallon max but only one valve), so far 24 hours in I have no froth/foam at all. Just wondering if anyone had any ideas or similar experiences?

  30. Can I only use fish fertilizer, but not add kelp fertilizer? Any different if not add kelp fertilizer in it ?

  31. Awesome!!!!!! I was wondering how to make this. I did see in an article years ago about compost tea but haven't been able to find it since. Thank you for the video. Happy Gardening my friend! Love from Southeast Texas!

  32. Put your compost into a stocking hose so you can put the compost tea into a sprayer, plats take this in via the leaves also. the compast chunks would block the sprayer. you can also spread the solids later on its also good for the plants and soil.

  33. You always make your instructions simple and easy to understand. Compost tea has seemed too complicated for me. I see now how easy it can be. I'm a Big Fan of you channel. Thanks


  35. Everyone asking how often. No more really than once a week, no less than once a month.
    Youll never burn your plants using this organic method. It merely boosts the microbial life in the soil which in return feeds the plant.

    A good gardner feeds the soil

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