Brewing Your Own Vermicompost Tea

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We gardeners know well the benefits of good compost, and vermicompost tea is no exception. With few items to purchase and easy setup, your plants can reap the great benefits of this special tea or "wine".

The list of things you'll need:

• 5 Gallon paint bucket
• Water for the bucket (rainwater is ideal, but city water is fine)
• 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups fresh vermicompost/worm castings (not the dried up stuff sold in sealed bags)
• Very fine mesh pouch, such as a nylon stocking, paint can strainer, etc.
• One tablespoon liquid unsulphured molasses
• Aquarium pump (at least 40 gallon capacity, two tube ports preferable)
• Airline tubing - attaches to the pump (4-6 feet minimum)
• Air stones - two, attaches to the airline tubing
• Clamp, or other method to secure compost pouch to side of bucket
• Weights (if necessary, to hold the tubing down into the water)


1. Fill the 5 gallon bucket almost full of water.
2. Fill the pouch with vermicompost.
3. Connect the airline tubing to both the pump and air stones. Add weights if necessary.
4. Put pouch into water and secure it to the side of the bucket.
5. Turn on the pump
6. Add molasses

Tea is done after 1-1/2 to 2 days. Use to foliar-feed your veggies or simply pour it using a watering can. Your plants will say "yummy"!

See All About Compost for more on worm composting, compost tea, and composting in general.

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