How to Brew Compost Tea in a 5 Gallon Bucket to Enrich Your Garden


This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com.
I have another exciting episode for you today. Today is a real important episode. I get a
lot of questions like, ‘hey John how do you fertilize…?’ or, ‘what do you use for fertilizer?’
Compost tea should be the number 1 thing you add to enrich your soil to make it more vibrant
and full of life so that your plants can flourish. So, in this episode I’m going to be happening
to show you how easy it is to brew your own way to a greener thumb today with Boogie Brew
because it truly is a one-stop shop, as we all know. Nonetheless, brewing a compost tea
is super easy, and let me go ahead and explain the things that you want to use. Number one,
we’re going to use a standard 5-gallon bucket. This is a free bucket that’s recycled from
a health foods store, and we’ve filled it up with about 5 gallons of purified water.
Now, I can’t stress that enough. One of the things you need to use is purified water.
You need to remove the chlorine and some of the bad stuff n the water. If you keep the
chlorine and you try to brew your teas, your compost tea, it’s not going to work as good
because the chlorine id not going to allow the friendly bacteria to flourish. Chlorine
is in the water to sanitize it, so it’s goanna get rid of all the bacteria, good and bad,
so we don’t want that stuff when we’re brewing our own teas. Next thing we’re goanna need
to use is the tea itself. So, in this case I have the Boogie Brew tea, although you could
use other brands, other varieties of prepackaged teas, and I will always encourage you to brew
your own tea instead of buying pre-brewed tea. Pre-brewed teas have incredibly short
shelf lives, so it’s always best to do it yourself. Nonetheless if you don’t have boogies
brew for yourself you can order it online, or another thing you can do is you can make
your own compost tea out of using some compost, also adding some rock dust, put some kelp
in there, and put that in a nylon or burlap sack and aerate it. That gets me to the next
thing, we’re goanna need some air pumps. So, we have some standard dual outlet air pumps.
This is the 15-16 gallon. Now, this is for a fish tank. They makes these specialized
pumps for doing exactly this, and those would be best, but I got these at the dollar store
for 99 cents, so that’s what we’re using today. We’re going to actually use 2 of them. So,
the more airflow, the better. Besides air pumps you’re goanna have to have the airstone.
So, once again, I got these airstones at the dollar store for 99.999 cents, and we have
2 of these, one for each air pump. Now you wouldn’t want to use the dual output on the
air pump to feed both stone because then you might not be getting as much air as you could,
and you know, for a dollar, I’ll buy an extra pump, and you’re goanna need some tubing to
run the air into the stones, to aerate the water and the compost. So, it’s pretty easy.
Let’s go ahead and set this up. We’re goanna go ahead and open the Boogie Brew bag here,
and inside your Boogie Brew, each set comes with your own burlap sack. Now, you can use
a nylon, paint straining bag or something, but I like the burlap sack because it’s a
natural material, and from what I’ve heard this will compost and break down, but also
this may be helpful in releasing more of the beneficial microbes when the tea is brewing.
So, we’re simply goanna take our sack, and we’re goanna hold this over the water here,
and we’re goanna take about a cup of the compost in here. Now, this is a mixture. So, this
is basically an off-the-shelf mixture of different things including biodynamic hummus, worm casting
organic soil, alfalfa, hemic acid, rock phosphates, mineral complex, gypsum, endo (unclear), black
molasses, sulfate, borate, zinc, magnesium sulfate, iron sulfate, glazier rock dust,
I mean this is truly a one stop shop. I mean, you can go ahead and buy all your separate
compost tea components, mix it yourself, or you could buy one that’s already pre mixed
like this. Alright, so we’ve pretty much got about a cups worth of compost mix in the burlap
sack. We’re goanna show you how to set all this stuff up but first, I want to introduce
stitch. Stitch is currently my foster dog and he is available for adoption. He’s a nice
Chihuahua. He doesn’t do well with kids but he’d be great for older people or also he’s
probably alright with dogs and cats as well. Say hello, Stitch. Anyways, back to the program.
So, you can see here we’ve got our 2 air pumps, our 2 airstones, and we’ve got 2 links of
hoses. Now, one of the interesting things is these air pumps. Because they are dual
outlet, they can pump air out of these holes. Now, we don’t want air coming out of both
holes. We want all of the air coming out the pump to go into the airstone, to hopefully
maximize the amount of air bubbles being produced. So we have to plug up one of the holes, and
it didn’t come with any kind of plugs, so we’re going to make one. So, what we’re going
to do is cut off a section of the air hose, and we also have these little plugs that you
can put in your drip line, so we’re just basically going to put the plug for the drip line into
the air tube hose, and then we’re going to basically put this into one of the outlets.
So, we’re plugging that up so that all the air is now hopefully forced out into this
outlet of the air pump. So, this is kind of like quick and dirty work you have to do sometimes.
Hen you don’t have the right parts, you have to make do with whatever you got. So, I think
that’ll work pretty good there. Next thing we’re goanna do is hook up the air hose. So,
we just have 2 hoses, and we’re just goanna slide that in, and make sure it makes a solid
seal with no leaks. I mean, this stuff is super simple, super easy. There we go. Next
thing we’re goanna do is hook up the airstone. So, one end of the hose got hooked up to the
pumped, the other end goes hooked up to the airstone. Once again, that’s super simple,
super easy. Just hook it all up like that. There’s one, and here’s two. So, the next
step is now, you’re goanna plug these guys in. I have an extension cord here with 2 outlets.
Always best to use a GCFI protected outlet, because you are dealing with water and electricity.
So, you don’t want to put your pumps anywhere near water or get them wet, so I have a nice
long chord to go in there, so we’re goanna go ahead and plug in these air pumps into
the outlet. And they’re both shaking; they’re both coming on. These air pumps have rubber
feet, so it’s a little bit more quiet, and this one looks like it even has some sort
of air filter. Next thing is is you’re goanna dump these in the water to make sure they
bubble. So, we’re goanna go ahead and put that in, and you can see instantly as I put
it in, you can see the bubbles coming up to the top. Now, you know, that’s probably not
as much flowing, not as much bubbling as I’d like personally. It’d be better if you got
a more expensive, even a $5 airstone from a hydroponic shop. It’d put out a lot more
air and they have even more high-powered bubblers. So, we got one bubbler all the way down to
the bottom of the 5-gallon bucket. That’s already aerating the water. The next bubble,
instead of putting into the water, we’re goanna actually put it in with the compost. We’re
goanna pull the drawstrings on this bag, and submerge this bag. We’re goanna get some of
the air bubbles out of the bag by squeezing it a bit. We’re goanna tie the bag to the
handle so it doesn’t sink in too much. We’re just goanna let it float in there, and now
our compost tea is brewing. The main reason for the compost tea is not actually the nutrition,
so not actually the nutrients in the bag. So, thinking like fertilizers, where we’re
goanna add in NPK or whatever. No, no, compost tea for me is more about the microbes, bringing
in the beneficial microbes, beneficial fungus, and beneficial bacteria. That’s really the
movers and shakers of your soil. They keep your soil alive. They bring in and help escort
nutrients into your plant roots so your plants can be healthier. They can fight diseases
and other things, also, in the soil. So, it’s very important to have your soil teeming with
microbes, and actually that’s a really good book that I would recommend if you haven’t
saw it or heard of it, Teeming With Microbes. It talks about a whole new way, or actually,
the natural way of growing food by harnessing the power of nature instead of harnessing
the power of science, with chemicals, like so many people are doing today. Now, that
I’ve got the compost tea brewing, we’re going to let it brew. Now, normally compost tea
should be brewed for 12 hours to make sure you have nice microbial activity, but they
say since Boogie Brew is such an active compost and compost tea starter, you can brew it for
as little as 4 hours and still have good microbial activity to basically enrich your garden with.
So after about 4 hours, we’re going to stop this, and then we’re going to basically use
the tea to water all the plants in our garden and to nucleate them with the beneficial microbes
and fungi, which are going to bring the soil alive. So, another way besides pouring these
on your plants, you can also sprayer feed your compost teas. Now, to do this I would
definitely strain out any particulates in the water, put on a pump sprayer, and just
spray it on, because plants can also absorb things through their leaves. So, hopefully
you guys enjoyed this quick episode, learning how to make your own compost tea at home.
It is really simple, with some parts from the dollar store, pumps and airstones, to
get your started, and a 5 gallon bucket and clean water and a good compost starter, such
as the Boogie Brew tea, which is a one-stop shop. Hey, did I say that again? My message
overall is to brew your own compost tea whether it’s the Boogie Brew or any other brand out
there or your own home-made compost tea using your own compost and worm castings and other
mixtures that are really going to enrich your compost tea and enrich your garden with the
best nutrition ever. Once again, my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com, and
remember, keep on growing.

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