Compost tea made easy !


now I’d like to welcome you to this video on compost tea making and of course it’s often with violence it’s time to really clean up the garden and mulch to all the beds that’s really great for and you know adding kind of fungal foods and also bacterial foods to the garden whenever you add a mulch you protect the soil itself but you’re also actually treating what’s in the soil the important life that gives again life to the plants are vegetables so and this one is going to be about compost tea making and I wanted to do something that’s really simple for the home gardener something really and not too time-consuming just a little bit about compost tea what it is is that you are basically you’re trying to grow em as many bacteria as possible there’s also company you can make for fungi and I maybe make a video on that later on but this one anyway you’re trying to grow as many bacteria as possible and the way to do that is you are going to use some either some worm compost because it’s got about twenty thousand different species of bacteria in it so that’s species and plus of course one bacteria will multiply if you add sugar to it one bacteria multiply and five million times in 24 hours so you’re really growing a large volume of bacteria this quickly as well bacteria are very important because they are responsible for feeding your plants and all the kind of micro minerals not even nitrogen and through their actual excrement so that is kind of the way plants take up nutrients through this symbiosis with bacteria and so what we’re going to do really is we’re going to mimic nature but we’re going to kind of grow these bacteria you know you’re going to have an explosion of bacteria and then when we see that to our plants and our soil also is going to do really really well so what we could do is we could draw this with in three different ways this is the molasses but where’s the sugar it’s organic blackstrap molasses no sofa added that’s very important also when using water don’t use any chlorinated water just on a tap or rain water today but what we need to do is we need to find the actual substance where the bacteria live in so either worm compost is good and I’ve discovered some actual earthworm and castings which I’m going to use and will show you in a minute what you can also do is you can just take on recon paths that you’ve made yourself but just make sure that it doesn’t go above 60 degrees Celsius that’s all you have to care about so whenever it does just turn your compost pile and then you can actually use it for compost tea when it’s well broken down okay so let’s go and find our material for the compost tea and it’s going to find those microbes now because I actually have these compost piles here a lot of the actual earthworms now these are not to be confused with compost worms or worms Donna actually in were Marie’s these are a different type of form they actually live encompass alone earth compost worms they should live in the soil and they actually do all the digging from so what we have here is because the compost pile is here a lot of the earthworms have come up and started eating away at all I bring you closer now let’s have a quick look at them you can see here are the different heaps in the example you have here some nice worm castings you could almost see a whole mountain here but if you take this away you might even see holes where the worms have actually brought it up this were earthworms is another nice example of worm castings and what I’m going to do is I’m going to collect these because this is actually if you like worm poop and that’s what I’m not going to use now I’m making the compost tea well as I said you can use just only compost and itself or worm compost as well works fine but I’m just going to use this and I need about and luckily there’s like tons of it here so I need about this small bucket I would need about say gee maybe bowls the three cups of this stuff so about maybe this quantity I’ll show you now in a second now that’s pretty much it I have a nice a lot of it in there I can also use some of this compass heap here because I didn’t it didn’t go over six degrees and it’s nice really sweet yeah so I can add a bit of that as well it’s always a good idea to add the two compass in there as well to the different types of microorganisms in there and now we’ll have a look at how to actually make us now of course the thing with this is that we don’t have a pump normally I would use a pump so what we’re going to do is whenever we are certain that we’re going to be at least three hours in the garden we need to be able to stir this every 20 minutes or so to bring the oxygen into the actual tea itself and that’s very important because if you don’t production in it you’re going to have across the anaerobic bacterias growing and not the aerobic bacteria seized which is what we want to grow in this cup of tea mix so I just had some molasses and again this is unsalted molasses organic and it’s basically what comes up all the goodness that comes up the refined sugar and you’re just put in about two tablespoons of this molasses and this is also what you would use for e/m but of course this stuff is way better than the end it’s got instead of just having like one microbe in it and if you want fungi this stuff has like 30,000 species of different bacteria bacterium is mainly mixture of the world so you can see now a lot of air has gone into it I’m gonna have to stir this now every 10 to 20 minutes and I’ll show you a special stirring method and it’s like what the biodynamic farm is actually do it’s an ingenious way of getting oxygen into the water you create a kind of a vortex I’ll show you now in a second now let’s bring that into the gap now the key with this is and you can use a much bigger 200 liter barrel and if you’re going to do that roughly the same amount of compost is required but you might need a jar of a cup of molasses rather than having two tablespoons and what you need to do is you need to start here and of course the longer stick for the 200 liter power so you would stand at the outside and you would get faster and faster as you going towards the center and of course it’s not as impressive here and it’s also of course builds a lot in the small bucket you just shine a bit quicker okay some of it is going to spill but this actually brings the oxygen right down to the center and then all you have to do is tell the other way I tell you when you’re using AllShare tune with liter barrel this works really really well actually scratch all that what we’re going to do now is I’m going to show you how to do it in a big barrel because that’s going to be way more effective okay first thing we need to do add some more molasses now if you’re doing this in a proper way with the actual bobner requiring blah blah you can check it out away our video but otherwise you don’t really need to add that much more because you only going to use it for maybe three to maybe eight hours and the bacteria inside I’m going to need three days supply of molasses like in the conventional way and then we’re just going to add our whole bucket in there and of course you can do it with a small bucket but it just means you have to stir a little bit more with this system with a big barrel you only have to stir once to the left or to the right in order to get enough oxygen in there get it all back in there let me just show you the actual way of doing it and this is known as Barrel singing and you start again at the outside and you just get faster and faster and faster and faster as we go to the center you can even hear the bits and pieces going at the bottom now I’m gonna come back every about 20 minutes or so I’ll do that and it’s just a very easy way of actually doing it because I’m gonna be in the garden anyway I’m going to have a look at maybe doing a bit of weeding now and also then mulching and the compost heap is just over there so I can just cuz I’m gonna use that for the mulch and I can just basically come here every 10 minutes and that’s all I got to do okay so now we’re going to add the cup of Steel to the garden I’m going to use this watering can here for that and just quickly I watched our bed with it kind of almost broken down compost and this of course is going to bring up all the worms and they’re going to start munching away at it digging all the bed first in spring by spring and if you have no problem maybe I need to put in a little fork and just rattle it about loosen up the soil but in the meantime we’re going to add some of this compost tea put it on the leaves as well because this kind of forms is protectively around the leaves themselves or other viruses and things that I can’t get in really drench it onto the soil as well because that’s of course going to help feed your plants as well in a very good way the other thing I wanted to say is work quickly compost tea is the only thing that’s going to be able to replace chemical fertilizers in the future it’s very natural it’s very sustainable and and this is because of course oil is going to run out we need huge amounts of electricity just to make chemical fertilizers because coal is going to become another thing that’s going to run out as well so we we won’t have those natural resources anymore in the future so we need to find a natural solution so the way to go is cup of tea tell all your friends maybe showing this video and yeah in the meantime thanks for watching again and I see you next time

100 thoughts on “Compost tea made easy !

  1. Very interesting thanks so much. Couple of questions . . . .  How long do you need to stir it for every 20 mins – 3 hours or more ? How long do you have to keep it before putting on the plants and how often do you need to apply the fertisliser to the plants ?

  2. Composting is something that every gardener should be doing. Making compost tea can really boost your gardening efforts.

  3. Thanks so much for the video. I had a problem with a white fungus on my squash last year and did not know how contagious it was, so this year it came back and was also on the kale. Now I know what to do for it next time. We started 2 years ago with organic  gardening and I don't want to use any chemicals on my garden. Thanks again.

  4. wonderful. You seem to really understand microbiology and botany and that's what it's all about. 

  5. I like the theory and I think I understand it … but have you (or anyone else) ever done field trials to measure results? I can find lots of videos on compost tea as well as anecdotal results as to the benefits and I've found only two that did season-long comparative testing. Both of these determined that their was no difference using compost tea. However, these were admittedly backyard gardeners who were well-intended but obviously lacking the resources to control many of the variables. So, are there any credible field tests out there somewhere? And thanks for your efforts of posting this information.

  6. Who is going to stir the liquid overnight every 20 minutes? it is kinda impossible to spend a night sleepless….

  7. Around 3:00 he seems to differentiate between worms, perhaps between European earthworms and I think Red Wigglers – the worms that dig and burrow more linearly  versus those which spend more time eating up small matter. Red wigglers are commonly used as fishing bait in the United States and those work amazingly well in my buckets.

  8. This is genius.  A lot of people will probably think this won't work because you're not using an airstone.  Studies have shown that aeration in water occurs through agitation.  The reason bubbles aerate water is that they disturb the surface.

    I bet you could capitalize on this as a workout video 🙂

    Anyway, thx for the idea.

  9. this is my first year growing on a grand scale. have always had smaller gardens but now I'm growing one that's 3 acres, this tip is greatly appreciated. thanks for posting.

  10. So uh, you uh… Stir that concoction every 10-20 minutes for 48-72 hours to oxygenate the aerobic micro organisms? When do you get to sleep?

  11. I've asked but nobody even seems to have an opinion. I have a blue barrel for my compost. What do you think about flooding the barrel with water and oxygenate the water and introduce some Red worms to the barrel. To make compost worm tea.
    Will it work? Don't know? Worth a try? or Bad idea?

  12. hi, just come through your video, like to know, can l use brown sugar intead of mollese, cos l do not have the mean to get it cos it is expensive here. please respond. thank you

  13. you dont have to stir it every 20 mins, i bet if oyu made two buckets side by side one no stir n one stir every 20 mins and used them on different plants you wouldnt notice not one difference in the plants growth etc

  14. City water should set overnight with aeration to get rid of chlorine… otherwise it will kill the microbes!

  15. what is the name of the sugar you put in ? at 6: 20 ? I can't hear it and the subbtitles say school arses.

  16. what does the molasses do ?,because i often make compost tea without molasses,so i'm just wondering if i am missing an important ingredient.

  17. This is the most simple and easy to follow method of making compost tea, and no gadgets needed. I cannot wait for spring to make one. Share more about healthy gardening. Thank you.

  18. I live in Portugal and the only easily available molasses I can find contains sulfur dioxide and sulphites. Would this be "better than nothing" or would it in fact make things worse?
    Also — after making the big barrel of worm tea (stirring every 20 minutes for 3 hours) how long will the worm tea remain usable, i.e. do I have to use it up within 3 days, or will it remain active for longer periods and I just need to stir it, or add more worm poop and molasses and stir it again. Reading the comments, a lot of people have these questions. Thanks, love your videos, by the way. Also, I'm a fellow countryman who got away from the rain 🙂

  19. Yet another excellent video on a brilliantly simple idea. I agree with everything except for the very end where you say both oil and coal will run out. That is just not the case in any foreseeable future, and big agriculture will continue to poison the planet with it's continued total reliance and overuse of synthetic fertilizers. Thank you for continuing to promote sustainable agricultural practices, it really is just a far better methodology for growing.

  20. Would love to see a side by side test using with and without worm tea. Of course the tea would have to be used within 4 hours of making.

  21. Just found out about compost tea…stumbled upon this site, and I'm in awe, just amazed! Now it is time to go worm poop hunting!! I have the ideal compost pile, and lawn 'n leaf pile just adjacent. All of the potential I have been wasting is unbelievable! thank you Thank you!

  22. very cool but oil win not run out thats something they created so they can keep the price high it doesnt come from dead dinosors the earth makes it just like gold silver tar and everything els but this is way better then chemicals for sure !!

  23. You will have better success with round stick/bamboo for making the whirlpool 🙂 or you could just get an air pump and air stone and leave it for 24 – 36 hours 🙂
    You can also use kelp and neem and alfalfa meal instead of molasses i heard and neem specifically will help with pest management and rich in nutrients.

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