I came across this recipe for compost tea on a tatty of piece of newspaper well past its prime. Obviously it had been in circulation for quite a while, waiting for me to put its instructions to good use. It floated out of a gardening book I had been flicking through. As I bent to pick it up, now, I decided was as good a time as any to put it to the test. The potatoes that I had planted in my polytunnel earlier in the year were long gone and the bare ground was looking dusty and barren. Crying out for a good feed. This is where my compost tea recipe was going to work its magic. My scrap of newspaper promised the stuff would regenerate spent and tired beds in a matter of days. Perfect.
I bought a small, cheap water pump generally used for aquariums from our local pet shop. Its purpose- to pump air through my tea as it brewed. All the ingredients, topsoil, manure, compost, honey and water were assembled into a large bucket and left to sit for three days.
Sure enough on day three the liquid slurry was looking just like the head of a freshly poured beer. All frothy and alive with bubbles. Mixing 1 part tea to 9 part water I watered it onto my soil. I’m hoping to see spectacular results for my next batch of veggies. Has anyone else tried this? I’d love to hear how it worked for you.