Compost tea is the perfect way to boost your plants growth and obtain higher yields – NATURALLY. We use compost (composting 101) and cover crops (planting cover crops) for building great soil structure and vitality - AND we boost plants during the growing season with a simple homemade natural liquid fertilizer on our plants called compost tea.
"Working with Nature to Build Organic Soil, Part 4: Compost Tea" This tea is an aerobically prepared solution that contains both the microbes and nutrition necessary for healthy soil and healthy plants. The process of making compost tea greatly multiplies the number of microbes present and puts them in a soluble form for easy application. From MOTHER EARTH NEWS Blog
Dr Weil's compost tea recipe For home use I suggest using a five-gallon bucket, the best aquarium aerator you can afford, about three cups of compost, and depending on whether you want a bacterial or fungal brew, two tablespoons of non-sulfured molasses (bacterial) or two tablespoons of kelp powder (fungal). Don't use liquid kelp, it often contains sulfur or other anti-fungal agents.
Homemade "Miracle Grow": Get a clean glass or plastic jar, put a little water in it. Add egg shells and coffee grounds until it's about 3/4 full. Top it off with water and allow to sit in a cool, dark place for about a week, gently shaking once daily. Strain and use the liquid when ready to feed plants.