Top 2 Ways to Apply Compost Tea to Your Garden for Best Results


Alright, this is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens.com.
I have another exciting episode for you coming out of my bountiful front yard garden—my
pepper plants are doing amazing. I got some huge peppers, like huger than I’ve ever had,
growing this year. And the reason I’m excited for this episode is because I got a special
guest back in today to share his expertise with you. His name is Josh Cunnings of the
Boogie Brew company, and he makes the world class compost tea, Boogie Brew Pro, now–and
that’s what I’ve been using in my garden and it’s definitely working.
So the big thing is there a lot of videos on how to make compost tea, and you might
know how to make compost tea, but even more than knowing how to make it properly—and
I do have videos on that, so I’ll post a link down below for my video on how to make
compost tea—you got to know how to apply it properly. Because even if you know how
to make the best compost tea in the world then you don’t apply it properly, you’re
gonna lose the bacteria and the fungi and it’s just not gonna work as well. And I
want you guys to have the best results. So we got Josh on the show today to share
his expertise with you on how to apply compost tea the best. Now, before we get in to how
to apply it the best, we’re gonna talk about the ways that you probably shouldn’t apply
the compost tea. The first being the backpack sprayer or a pressure sprayer. So, Josh, why
shouldn’t someone use one of those pump sprayers to spray out their compost tea?
Josh: Well, I mean, they can use a pump sprayer, John, but it’s a lot of work, and it’s
also more maintenance. You have to clean the sprayer out. And there’s a school of thought
out there that most of the pressure screens that are built into the backpack sprayers
can smash the delicate hyphae, which is the hypha backs of the beneficial fungi that make
up a good microbial compost tea and, of course, a fungal compost tea. And so both the microbes
and the hyphae apparently suffer when they are smashed under high pressure through your
typical pump sprayer or even worse yet through one of the electrified–the atomizing sprayers
that I like to use so much for neme and soap. And so, generally, mechanical systems, it’s
a good idea to stay away from them when you’re applying a delicate microbial and ideally
fungal solution of cultures, of lifeforms that are being applied to your garden.
So the other reason is the backpack spray can harbor what’s called biofilm. And biofilm
is the arch enemy of compost tea. It’s the natural exudae, the natural gassing off, from
the microbes as they’re brewing. As the oxygen goes in, they’re feeding on it, and
they digest the food sources that are also in the tea that you feed them and they poop
out this stuff call biofilm. And if it’s left unchecked in your previous batch of tea
in the spray container, then without it being thoroughly clean and dislodged, it can contribute
to a subsequently poor batch of biology on your next go-round of compost tea.
So I generally tell people to stay away from using backpack sprayers, atomizing sprayers,
electrified tank sprayers of any kind. Pump sprayers of any kind. Because those systems
are going to damage the delicate lifeforms that are in the tea. This is supposedly—I’ve
never seen research to prove or disprove this, I just know that this is common wisdom that’s
applied by tea nerds to the application of compost tea.
John: Yeah, Josh, I mean, that makes total sense to me. I’m kind of a pragmatic, practical
guy and it sounds all good. And the one main thing on why I don’t use a backpack or pump
sprayer with the compost tea is because you got to clean it out afterwards or you get
that biofilm sludge stuff. And I don’t want to be cleaning out backpacks, you can’t
even get your hands in there or nothing like that. It’s too difficult.
So, Josh, let’s talk about another way that people normally apply their compost tea, like
through their irrigation system or fertigation system.
Josh: Yeah, I’ve seen that happen a lot. I mean, back in the day, when I was a grower,
I used to distribute my compost tea to my greater greenhouses and all their plants through
a hose-fed distribution system. But here’s the thing: I had to pre-flush the lines every
time for a good thirty seconds, one minute, even two minutes with water and wait until
the smell had dissipated of all the old tea that I had previously applied through that
fertigation system. So it was a real pain in the ass, and I always knew in the back
of my mind this isn’t right. This is not a 100% fresh biology that I’m applying.
There is a lot of old bio matter that has accumulated in the hose system.
So I always tell people do not apply fresh infusion of biology, fresh compost tea, through
any kind of pressure fed distribution hose line, drip type system. Any system at all,
you really want to minimize the length that the tea has to run through before it goes
to the plants. Otherwise, your next batch of tea is only as good as the previous old
matter that has sat in that system for—could be one week, two weeks. Even after a day,
that stuff really starts to turn on you. It turns anaerobic and it creates bad biological
material that will subsequently infect your new batch of good biology that you’re trying
to feed your plants. So it really does defeat the purpose when
people invest in these nice big tea brewers and then these pumps and hoses that come out
of this brewer and go yonder to feed your soil with it. It sounds good in practice—excuse
me, it sounds good in theory, but in practice, it actually doesn’t work at all. It’s
a no-no. It will create problems no matter how hard you try to clean those lines. People
go in there and they run hydrogen peroxide or vinegar or grapefruit seed extract or soapy
water—it just increases the maintenance. It’s a pain in the ass. So I prefer not
to apply the tea through any kind of fertigation system.
John: Alright, Josh, let’s talk about another use of the compost tea that I’m actually
all for—is actually compost tea in hydroponic systems and putting it into an ebb and flow
tank or something like that. What are your thoughts on using the compost tea in a hydro-system?
Josh: Well, again, I’ve seen this work really well before, John, but generally I tell people
to shy away from putting compost tea into any kind of hydroponic chamber, ebb and flow
system because, once again, your system will become contaminated with old tea, with old
bio matter that naturally is gonna accumulate and line the walls of the tank. And again,
it’s just—the best tea is just the cleanest, freshest stuff that doesn’t have any contaminates
from a previous batch of biology that has gone bad and infected the new batch of biology.
So it’s just more maintenance than it’s worth, it’s very, very difficult indeed
for someone to really, truly maintain an ebb and flow tank system with living biological
matter in it. Having said all that, I’ve seen it done
successfully, being applied as a flush in between nutrient changes in the reservoir.
Just maybe tea for the bottom 20% of the reservoir. Top the reservoir off maybe halfway with water,
and then apply that as a biological flush, as a rinse, and then immediately empty the
reservoir out with another auxiliary pump or a shot vac—get in there, pull the contents
out and refill the reservoir with just fresh water and/or hydroponic nutrients, aka chemical
fertilizers, which the tea, having been properly applied as a bio rinse to the crop, it will
then harness those salts, help digest them, help make them more available and less toxic
to the plants roots. But none the less, you still run that constant risk of some old tea,
some old bio matter sitting there and accumulating in that hydroponic reservoir. So it can lead
to creating more issues than it can help with. John: Awesome, Josh. So let’s go ahead and
talk about the two best ways to apply the compost tea. And one is the way I like to
use, and one is the way Josh likes to use. So I just like to us a standard watering can.
I can easily wash this out, put the compost in here, and just water it in. Josh, what
kind of dilution should I be using? I like to use my stuff straight, because I think
MORE IS BETTER, MAN, in compost tea and I’ve never burned my plants with compost tea. But
I know you recommend maybe diluting the solution a little bit.
Josh: Sure, yeah. We believe less is more. You don’t actually need a full strength
tea. Usually it doesn’t hurt the plants. Unless they’re brand new babies, there’s
usually nothing to worry about a full strength nutrient bound tea, like our tea, the Boogie
Brew tea. But still, none the less, we like to sell value, and we like people to get the
maximum bang, biological bang, for their tea buck. And so, honestly, especially a recipe
like Boogie Brew, it’s so rich, so active. You can dilute it one to five, one to ten,
in that general range, and it’s gonna work really well for you.
So with a watering an, you can just put about 20% of it with the Boogie Brew tea and then
just top it off with good, clean, chlorine free water.
John: Alright, cool, Josh. So I know another way you like to do it and a way that I’ve
done before is using this sprayer here. And this is actually the Ortho Sprayer! How come
you’re picking the Ortho sprayer, man? Isn’t Ortho like a chemical company? Like, evil
chemical company! Josh: It’s amazing, even the evil chemical
companies make products that are actually worthy of purchasing. And the reason I like
the Ortho spray and dial, or dial and spray as it’s called, is this is because it’s
just a bullet proof and very, very handy little device. It has an excellent screen built into
the little feeder tube—goes down into the bottom of the cup. So this one has a thirty-two
ounce little hose attached reservoir on it, and this thing is just really well engineered
plastic. I’m very impressed with it. It just threads right into place, like so. You
want to just, of course, attach it to your hose. This has a nice counterbalance hold
to it, very handy device. And, yes, how ironic that these companies
that want you to use this with what I think are evil chemicals, leftovers of World War
II’s bomb making fertilizers, ammonia nitrate, and turn them into chemicals to bomb your
lawn with—and that’s what this was designed for, to put those evil chemicals in and then
go around and dilute it. And they have an eight ounce setting, so that’s
eight ounces per gallon, and that’s not very strong. That’s only about a one to
sixteen dilution. So, very important, but when you decide that you’re gonna apply
compost tea through one of these instead of evil chemicals, you’re gonna put probiotic
life itself into your soil, you want to make the master batch of tea at triple strength.
That way you’re getting a net of about a one to five dilution. Because at eight ounces
a gallon, this is only a one to sixteen. Eight ounces out of a hundred and thirty-two, a
one to sixteen dilution. So you’re gonna want to triple the strength of your Boogie
Brew, at least double the strength of your Boogie Brew tea. If you’re doing a double
strengths, you’re gonna get about a one to eight. I like to see people get about a
one to five. That’s still really, really cost effective. We’re talking pennies per
gallon at the diluted cost. And so just fill it up right out of the bucket,
and there you go. And this thing just threads right on like that. And I like to put this
on the hose first. We’ll show how—you want this on the hose first, and then just
get this onto a nice neutral, flat surface once the red piece, the actual gun, is attached
to the hose. It’s super easy to detach this bottom reservoir piece. And oh my goodness,
it makes applying it to the raised beds in your garden, John, almost illegally easy.
It works so well, I can’t believe it. And once I discovered this method, I was hooked,
I was sold. And the beautiful thing is you’re absolutely
minimizing the maintenance. The only device you ever have to remise out and clean of old
bio matter, besides your original tank that you make the tea in, which is the bucket,
is gonna be the hose-end sprayer itself, which is—as you can see—such a simplistic device
it makes it ridiculously easy to clean this and then subsequently use it on the next batch.
John: Yeah. It’s even easier to clean my watering can.
Josh: You can’t cover the same amount of real estate going around with one of these.
John: I know, it takes longer. Josh: But the can is really good. The can
is simple. Getting there and cleaning this head out—I guess this one does come apart.
John: It detaches. This is a good one. Josh: Yeah, you want one that detaches like
that for sure. Yup. John: What I like to do and how I like to
do my compost tea is I’ll brew a batch like continuously. I’ll brew a batch today, I’ll
apply it tomorrow. Tomorrow I’ll brew a batch and apply it the next day. And basically
I’ll brew the batch and dilute it down, maybe not at all, and then just hit one or
two raised beds with my batch. And then the next day, I’ll hit the next two raised beds
or three raised beds and I’ll keep rotating around my garden. And by the time I’m done,
I keep going and just start over again. It’d probably be far before for people who don’t
have as much time as I do to just brew one batch and hit your whole garden. At least
once a week is what I would recommend to you guys.
Josh, let’s talk about how to create a double-strength mixture. So is what you mean with that—normally,
when I make five gallons of Boogie Brew compost tea, I use like one cup total that’s the
tea, that’s half boost, half base, and then brew that. So to make double strength, you
use two cups total and triple strength would be three cups total?
Josh: Correct. Or just keep it at one cup of ingredient and then use less water to begin
with. Because you’re gonna make sure a concentrate and then dilute it across such a wide area,
you probably won’t even need five gallons of tea. We were able to do your whole front
yard last night with less than two gallons of concentrated, microbial extract grade Boogie
Brew tea. So that made it really, really easy and it allows you to even run a lower output
air pump. The rule of thumb for a good aerobic infusion is one liter of air for every liter
of tea. So this way, by using just two gallons of
super strong tea, you can get away with as little as an eight liter per minute air pump,
which can be commonly found at pet supply places for under twenty dollars, which is
fantastic. So you’re minimizing the maintenance, you’re minimizing the overhead on how much
juice you have to draw, how much aqua solution you have to create in the first place. You’re
concentrating that down into a marmite grade—you know, thick, dark, chocolatey—rich microbial
extract of compost tea. And then you’re taking that bullet proof, hand little device.
The Ortho—the other one is the Chameleon. I do like the Chameleon, but this has become
my new favorite. It’s just—it seems very reliable. I’ve had quite a few Chameleons
and they don’t always absorb the same amount of water, even though I had it set as eight
ounce a gallon, they don’t absorb the same amount of tea. It seems like one batch, I’ll
be sitting there waiting “Has it gone down? I’ve only used a couple of ounces of tea!”
Whereas this device, I notice when we were—you asked me to test them all, so we tried three
top brands, and this was my favorite one. You asked me to test it on your yard and we
went around and I noticed how quickly I was able to deplete the contents, the concentrated
tea that’s in the little thirty-two ounce reservoir on the spray and dial hose-end sprayer.
And just refill is and go back to reapplying it.
Almost illegal how easy to apply this is! It’s a no brainer. You have to use one of
these devices. I would recommend to all of your viewers that they invest in a really
good kink-free hose, because that’s gonna be the weak link in this chain of using a
hose and a hose-end sprayer to apply the tea. Let me tell you, when you’ve got some good
pressure coming through that hose and you want to run it in the shower setting, you
can reach far, far up into the foliage, the canopy of fruit trees. And also spread it
all over the foliage and deep down into the tissues structure of the plants and on down
into the soil. It’s just a no brainer, using one of these devices to apply probiotic lifeforms
instead of evil chemicals. You’re actually gonna feed your soil instead of killing it.
What an irony! What a handy device. John: Yeah. I like how that Ortho spray actually
has a ten year warrantee, which is like unheard of. Imagine if your iPhone had a ten year
warrantee or something like that. And Josh, you kinda quickly glanced over that real quick,
but I want to go back into that. You guys learned the best ways to apply it, that basically
watering can or Ortho dial and spray. But another thing that’s very important is you
guys know WHERE to apply it. So Josh touched on it briefly. You want a foliar feeder that’s
like spraying your leaves—now I don’t want to do that in the middle of the day.
I like to foliar feed in the evening whereas in the mornings, that’s when I do pest controls,
my spray on pest controls—organic of course. But also, you want to hit the soil. So, Josh,
let’s talk about those two methods and why they’re so important to hit both the leaves
and also the soil. Josh: Sure. Well, what you’re doing is you’re
outcompeting any bad organisms with good ones. And in order to do that, you want full coverage.
So if there’s some leaves over here that have gotten some slimy mold spore on them
because they weren’t able to—the wind wasn’t blowing them properly and just the
conditions were right for some anaerobic organisms to gain a foothold, you’re gonna go in there
and just spray everything down, shower it all down, and you’re gonna coat all the
leaf tissue structure of the entire plant and the soil that it’s living in with a
probiotic shower of beneficial organisms. So those are gonna sit there and out compete,
out colonize any bad organisms. And so full coverage using one of these handy hose-end
sprayers makes it ridiculously easy to always win the battle of the good bug and always
out compete the bad bugs that try to populate themselves otherwise in small corners and
pockets of your foliage and your soil and your whole—
Your whole garden system is that, it is an ecosystem. So you want to reach every corner
of that system, just like the human gut. We’re not what we eat, we’re actually what we
absorb. And it’s the same with your soil. and if you feed that whole system—the foliage
and the soil and deep down in the top soil, everything that your roots are living in—with
good organisms, you’re gonna vastly increase the metabolic pathways and the absorption
factors for your plants. You’re gonna outcompete and bad bugs, any bad mold spores. It’s
just a no brainer, it makes it super easy with one of these devices to hit everything
and do it all very cost effectively. And we’re only talking one time per week, that’s what
keeps you on a winning streaking. Doing this once a week is enough, believe me.
John: Awesome, Josh. So, yeah, next, I want to go and apply this. But before I do, I want
to let you guys know that the compost tea, whether you’re using miracle crap fertilizer
or anything, this stuff works no matter what kind of fertilizer you’re using. Obviously,
I would encourage you to use an organic, biologic type fertilizer like I do—such as compost
and rock dust and kelp and all kind of other natural ingredients. You can check my other
videos for that. I think the next thing I want to do is just
go ahead and hook this up, Josh, and show you guys how easy it is. So I actually have
a little on/off thing on my hose end, which is actually smart. I would encourage you guys
to do that, makes things a lot easier when transferring things out. And the thing is,
this may leak, but be forewarned when you tighten this up, you gotta make a good tight
seal otherwise it may leak a little bit. So I want you guys to know this in advance before
you get one and say “Hey, this thing leaks!” That’s because maybe you didn’t tighten
it up, and make sure you don’t cross thread it.
Alright, so we got this thing on, it’s set to eight ounces—
Josh: And then the shower setting. There’s three settings—whoops! It’s already leaking.
John: No, it just came out a little bit. And then, check it out, watch this—woo! That’s
all it is! That’s how easy it is to apply the compost tea in my garden, and I can almost
hit this whole raised bed all the way down! Josh: So easy. So, so easy to hit everything
with this. I just love using the devices, absolutely. And I love to watch how quickly
the contents of the cup, the thirty-two ounce cup that’s attached to this diminish themselves,
how quickly you can go through. You’ll hit your whole pepper bed in no time at all with
this thing. John: Yeah. So, once again, you want to hit
the leaves up top, but then hit all the areas of the soil. I like to go around and hit the
soil underneath each plant. You just get—you saturate this everywhere to get the compost
tea and the beneficial organisms everywhere in your garden. I think next, I’m actually
gonna go ahead and apply some of this compost tea and we’ll be back at you to close out
this episode. Alright, so we got Josh actually applying
the compost tree to my night fig tree that’s pushing sixteen feet tall, got some amazing
figs off of it. I want to encourage you guys not to forget about your orchard and your
fruit trees as well as your vegetables. You want to hit the leaves all up and down and
also the soil to basically get all those beneficial microbes, which are literally the driving
force that drive the nutrients in your plants throughout your whole entire ecosystem.
Now another thing I wanted to mention about that sprayer—it’s really nice because
it actually works. I’ve played with a lot of sprayers that don’t work. And it also
has a nice, flexible tube that goes into the reservoir, a lot of them are fixed. And then
it also has actually a screen, so if you do just scoop some compost tea in there and there
happens to be some particulate, it’s not gonna clog it up and it’s not gonna stop
its operation. So, yeah, that’s definitely one well-designed sprayer.
So this last part of this episode is for those of you guys who are not yet on the Boogie
Brew compost tea. Josh has a kit, and it’s pretty good price. I think still over a hundred
dollars with the filter and the pro brew kit, which I recommend to you guys. And I know
a lot of your guys haven’t yet purchased yet because, man, a hundred-something dollars?
That’s kind of a lot of money! But I want to let you guys know that your garden is worth
it. But for those of you guys that don’t want to spend over a hundred dollars, Josh
has a brand new brew kit that’s under a hundred dollars with everything you need,
including a water filter for your garden, the pump, the Boogie Brew pro tea, the two
air stones, a pump, C90—everything. So I want to quickly go over this new package deal.
What’s this package deal called, Josh? Josh: We’re calling it the Boogie Budget
Pro Brew kit. John: Awesome, man. So the first thing you’re
gonna get is you’re gonna get the Boogie Brew compost tea—and, Josh, this is how
much tea and how much will this make? Josh: So this one is the three pound pack.
This is 50% Boogie base, one and a half pounds of base and one and a half pounds of boost.
It’s our new Boogie Brew prop that we’ve only launched earlier—recently this year.
This’ll make over fifty gallons of world class, concentrated compost tea, which you
can then dilute through the Ortho hose-end sprayer, which we’ll talk about why we’ve
included that in a second. John: So how much area will this cover, Josh?
This one back of three pounds. One you dilute it with the right ounce ratio and you make
is a double strength and all this stuff? Josh: Oh, I mean, fifty gallons is a lot.
That’ll cover hundreds and hundreds of square feet over real estate multiple times over.
For your typical raised bed garden, even one that is not typical like John Kohler’s here,
a three pound bag of tea is still a substantial quantity, enough to see a big jumpstart in
your garden. And go out there—infuse it, use it before your lose it. We give you three
pounds of wonderful biology in this Boogie Budget starter brew kit.
John: Awesome. So let’s talk about real quick—I know when you brew the tea, let’s
talk about how long you should brew it and then use it immediately. Don’t let it sit
around, don’t turn your air pump off, and then let it sit around for two days and then
finally spray it out, right? Josh: No, that’s correct. Like I said, infuse
it and use it before you lose it. Brew that wicked, badass batch of biology up and get
it into the home where it belongs—the soil ecosystem where the microbes and the fungal
organisms that are in the tea can go ahead and colonize what’s called the Web of Life,
the microbial web of life in your soil and keep the root system strong and healthy and
happy. John: Yeah. So I like to brew my tea like
twenty-four hours, which is a good amount of time. So aside from the tea, you’re gonna
get the stuff you need to brew the tea. The first of which, is you gotta start off with
some clean water. So, Josh, you have a new carbon filter. So what’s that, the Boogie
Brew basic? Josh: Yeah, correct. In an attempt to reach
a broader audience, we created an even more affordable filter. We commissioned an excellent,
reliable filter company to make these for us. This is the Boogie Brew basic, it is a
carbon only filter. So it does not contain any of the KDF membrane that the Boogie Blue
has. However, this is still a sufficiently packed virgin coconut core carbon filter that
is will give you a reliable twelve to fifteen thousand gallons of chlorine reducing capacity
before it starts to clog. Excellent lifespan filter. We’re selling these by themselves
for thirty dollars, and this is being included in the Boogie Budget Pro brew kit as a value
added item that you can optionally spec the Boogie Blue filter in this budget brew kit.
John: Awesome. So, besides the filter, you also got the two air stones, air hose, and
an active aqua pump. So let’s talk about this pump, Josh. Why would somebody want to
get this pump instead of an aquarium pump? Josh: Well, this is an aquarium pump, but
it’s the Active Aqua brand, which is the hydro farm brand. It’s actually very well
built, has a controller on it that allows you to increase the amount of air—you want
to run it to the maximum setting, and it’ll just about push out eight liters of air per
minute. Now, remember, you want one liter of air for each liter of tea. So this budget
priced pump for the Budget Brew kit will easily do two gallons of full-strength tea. You can
cover a lot of real estate with tow gallons of tea when you got then and apply that concentrated
two gallon tea in one of those Ortho spray and dial, dial and spray—I keep getting
it wrong, the name. The dial and spray Ortho hose-end sprayer. You take your concentrated
tea—you only need two gallons, that’s the max that this pump will do at the reliable
exchanged rate of one liter of air for every liter of acquiesce solution that you’re
infusing, for every liter of tea. So these are great pumps, the Active Aqua
series. Very well built. We’ve been extremely happy with the pro-grade the higher output
commercial duty versions of them that we feature in our higher end hundred dollar and hundred
and thirty-five dollar priced full Boogie Pro Brew kits. These Budget Brew kits are
extremely good value, though, will allow you to create the same world class tea as our
bigger pro brew kits. Up to two gallons at a time of the world’s greatest, full strength,
veganic uber compost tea, the Boogie Brew. John: Alright, Josh. Let’s talk about, also,
you get this hose-end sprayer that you guys saw Josh use in my very garden. And you guys
pretty much learned about this. It’s got a ten year warrantee and it just works well.
Any last comments on this sprayer, Josh? Josh: Again, so ironic that the evil chemical
companies created such a handy device for applying probiotic lifeforms instead. These
things, you just can’t go wrong. Make your two gallons at triple strength of compost
tea—so you’re still gonna want to use a full cup of ingredients, but instead of
a five gallon bucket, you’re gonna go to about two gallons—and then take that after
twenty-four hours of brewing, put it into the thirty-two ounce container and run it
at eight ounces per gallon, the setting right here, and then do it on the shower setting.
We’ve already talked about that. Go ahead and just spread those lifeforms all over your
garden. This just makes it so ridiculously easy to
do. It’s a no brainer. This minimizes the maintenance. This is as easy as creating a
pot of herbal tea, pot of coffee. Cleaning it up, getting it into your body. Same with
this stuff, this allows you to get it into the soil where it belongs and clean it up
and be ready to do it again within a week. This makes is so easy that I would do it almost
every day, at least twice a week with this system. And all at such a low price and easy
to clean up as well. John: Alright, Josh—so also, you’re gonna
get the burlap brew sack that you might want to wash or minimally rinse out before you
use to brew your compost tea. And then you’re also gonna get this. This is a C90 agricultural
mineral. So why don’t you talk about this. This is eight ounces—why don’t you talk
about this, Josh, why would somebody want to use this in addition to your compost tea?
And actually, they can use it with the hose-end sprayer, right?
Josh: Yes, that is correct. They can just put a teaspoon of this right into the hose-end
sprayer’s reservoir and go about it at eight ounces a gallon and there’s no risk of burning
your plants when you only have one teaspoon that’s subsequently being used to go through
a whole gallon of material through the hose-end sprayer. The eight ounces of C90 doesn’t
sound like much, but actually, it’s quite a bit.
You’re only gonna need to boost your Boogie Brew tea with additional C90 once a month,
if that, anyways. We just love C90, we figured why not through it into this kit as a wonderful
value added on item. Just remember to go easy on it. You only need one teaspoon a gallon
once a month. The tea already has 2% C90 in it, so this is just a supplementary dose,
give you even more value in the Boogie Budget brew kit.
John: Alright, Josh, so what’s the price of the Boogie Budget brew kit?
Josh: So, for a limited time, on the BoogieBrew.net/GYG secret webpage that’s been set up for your
viewers only—59.99. After that, the price is gonna have to go up to 64.99—still a
phenomenal value. That’s without the filter. If you want to spec it with the excellent
value Boogie Brew Basic carbon core only, fifteen thousand gallon lifespan hose mounted
filter, then it’s gonna be 79.99 and then the price will go back up to 84 dollars. Which
is, either way, you can’t beat those prices. Fifty-nine dollar or seventy-nine dollars
with or without the filter depending on your needs. An excellent value for the Boogie Budget
Brew kit. John: Awesome, Josh. Yeah, I mean, I would
encourage you guys to get off chemical fertilizers and get on compost tea. Whether that’s Josh’s
compost tea—and he makes it really easy for you guys, he’s made a really good one.
And if you want to make you own, we covered that too. I’ll put a link down below to
the episode where we actually have Josh go over his compost tea—
Josh: Open source! Open source compost tea! John: Because we really want you guys, whether
you buy Josh’s or not, to get off the chemicals and we want you guys to be able to grow the
highest quality food. And all the ingredients in Josh’s compost tea, in my opinion, allows
you guys to do that. and dollar for dollar, bang for the buck—I’m gonna have to admit
that buy using compost tea, you’re gonna get better results that using the same dollar
amount of rock dust in your garden, because you’re gonna apply is regularly and it’s
gonna start working immediately to basically boost your plants up so that they are able
to convert or the soil’s able to convert the nutrients and make it bioavailable for
the plants so that they can grow amazingly. Josh: So that they can dance. The tea’s
a winner, John. The tea is definitely a winner. Pennies per gallon, your cost. Get out there,
infused it and use it before you lose it. All that wonderful biology. Start brewing
your way to a greener thumb today, like a true compost tea pro with Boogie Brew with
our excellent, all new Boogie Budget value brew kit.
John: Awesome, Josh. Alright, so that’s pretty much the end of this episode. If you
enjoyed this episode, please give me a thumbs up. And if you didn’t enjoy this episode,
please thumbs down, wanna practice these videos. [Inaudible]. Actually, you’re not allow
to rate his—but anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this episode. Be sure to subscribe
for future episodes. Stay tuned for my upcoming episodes where I’m back in my garden, growing
all kinds of cool stuff and going on field trips to who-knows-where I’m gonna go. And
be sure to check my past episodes, I have over a thousand fifty episodes now to educate
you guys on how to grow your own high quality food including many episodes on the compost
tea as well as rock dust and bio char and a lot of the things that I like to use in
my very garden to get these amazing growing results that I’m getting.
So, once again, my name is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens.com. We’ll see you next
time, and remember: Keep on growing.

100 thoughts on “Top 2 Ways to Apply Compost Tea to Your Garden for Best Results

  1. How do you create an aquaponic tea? I seen youtube results where things made for soil not good with aquaponics but I want to create my own rather than buying aquaponic solutions

  2. My favorite videos are the ones with Josh. I'm always eager to whip out my credit card because he has such unbeatable deals for us GYG fans!

  3. Hey john. I just saw an uncle of mine yesterday who was always excited by gardening and I asked him how his garden is going. He told me he gave up. I asked why and he said he was getting no results. I asked him if he knew about moving plants to different locations each year rather than having the 'let's say' tomatoes in the same spot year after year. He said he has heard something but wasn't sure but he seemed down and didnt want to talk about it. He doesn't have Internet or anything. Can you

  4. Can you please make a quick video about that topic? i would love to show him. Maybe a quick intro video to tell people why they may not be getting results anymore after a few years. It could make people want to change and get back into gardening! Maybe u could touch on dead plant material, compost, rock dust as opposed to old school people who only use manure and soil year after year. his soil is obviously out of nutrients. i think a video would sure get him back into it. his name is Tom

  5. I'm confused on there previous video weren't they talking about and saying to stay away and stop using plastic. This time he was using a plastic produced to water the plants. So what's up with that did something changed form the last video.

  6. I love you guys and message you so passionately spread in every video! thanks dudes for being awesome and keep on keeping on!

  7. HUGER than you ever had? LOL. Never been a strong proponent of spraying leaves. Too much work. I believe healthy soil creates healthy plants.. Also not too keen on buying compost. But still a good video.

  8. I'm with you John. Every Sunday morning, all of my plants get full strength Boogie Brew. I have to brew 25 gallons at a time.  But, I want my plants Salsa dancing baby.You better watch out for Ray.  He has a whole new army of chickens and turkeys he can release on you. Then Bucky and Lewis will ambush you when your distracted by the birds.  That would make a funny video.

  9. It would be great if all this energy was put into inventing a non plastic Ortho sprayer equivalent. Or better yet, superior product.

  10. just got my brew kit, thx Josh and boogiebrew for the quick shipping .got two gallons brewing and going too apply tomorrow…ready for some good results… love your videos John I have to thank Jake mace (the vegan athlete) for pointing me your direction …

  11. Aw, why do you want to pick on Praxxus??? I like his channel!!  Was surprised Josh was supporting a plastic container. Read some of the comments below and I guess I can understand. For me that's too expensive. I would just make my own compost tea.

  12. that's how u can tell Josh is a honest guy and is not a hater even thought he hates ortho he still says good things about that company and support s them …I love boogie brew…@boggiebrew

  13. It seems like the only people promoting compost tea are those that are selling it or blindly using it because it seems logical. I was the latter until I did some research and it seems compost tea really doesn't do anything for the garden. Back your claims with scientific, peer-reviewed evidence and provide access to these results.

  14. Josh really cares about his customers.  He worked with me and even called me when their was a miscommunication problem  He sent me a free item because of miscommunication.  Thanks again.

  15. Use a small pair of channel locks to just "snug" the hose on the sprayer, and also loosen. This will spare your sprayer/hose from being a victim of over tightening (I swear they will last several years)… also use a good quality rubber washer. Remember not to close a spigot too tightly, this will keep the components from becoming prematurely worn out as well. All part of gardening OCD… .

  16. John, I very much appreciate and admire your "purist" attitude in everything that you do, but have to side with Josh on this one. I wanted to apply EM-1 to a very large area and aside from my hand getting a bit crampy from having to keep a constant squeeze on the trigger for more than an hour, that Ortho sprayer worked like a dream for my purposes. It made the job so brainless and easy that I'll have no problems (primarily mental block) applying the product on a regular schedule.

    Of course your watering can would also be perfect for smaller applications too and I will definitely keep it in mind for if/when I start a container garden on my condo patio!

    Once again, mahalo for sharing this info about both of these great methods! Keep up the great work with your videos!

  17. Would the WAYNE PC4 1/2 HP Cast Iron Multi-Purpose Pump With Suction Strainer from Amazon be a good choice? Or will it destroy the fungi and everything while using it?

  18. I still don't understand how hydroponic nutrients can be chemicals or chemical fertilizers. How is a chemical fertilizer different from mixed nutrient liquid solution? I understand synthetic products can be made, but what about using compost as the growing medium and good water in a kratky system? I'm thinking of a organic hydroponic mixed setup that eliminates purchasing plastic bottled liquid macros and micros, reduces evaporative water loss, and most importantly, reduces contributions to the unnecessary transportation of water imported by trucks. I'm curious about how to create healthy organic solutions for hydroponic gardens.

  19. I don't know how to access …/gyg bec ause I was there and there is no place for me to put gyg or the product package name. thanks.

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  21. The Garden in 4 days is noticeable in my soils, it works and I thought it would just not this good. Boogie brew works!

  22. What about cleaning the little tube that goes from the container to the sprayer in the Ortho sprayer? You know that little skinny tube that looks like a straw leading from the container to the sprayer. Doesn't that have to be cleaned each time?

  23. I bought one of the filters. I had a problem with it. I sent emails and tried to call numerous times. No response.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beware……

  24. Compost tea is the bomb and Boogie Brew is an amazing product! I don't "get" all the complainers, this stuff is amazing and so simple. Thanks!

  25. OK saying that and using your boogie blue filter…and tea I set ph to 5.8 in the tea bucket but my hose water test at 9.4 ph…what are your thoughts.

  26. I see you spray all over the leaves as well as the soil but would you also spray the leaves of tomato leaves because I've read many vlogs as well as watched many videos where some say not to water your leaves on tomato plants and just the soil because it can cause a fungus. What do you think.

  27. Josh keeps saying "veganic" (if that is even a word) in reference to his Boogie Brew tea. But doesn't vegan mean no animal products at all?!? Isn't one of the base ingredients Earth Worm Castings? If vegans can't use anything with say, honey (quite literally bee vomit) then why can they use something like worm castings (worm poop)? Are worms not considered animals anymore? I like the products but the salesmanship from both of you guys makes me leary to say the least. And now you are recommending and Ortho sprayer??? Next you will be telling us to use the "New and Improved" organic Round-Up made by Bayer-Monsanto?!?!? Come-on guys, get back to the original purpose. Wholesome, healthy, organic, home gardening and stop trying to be salesman. You are hurting your brand's integrity!

  28. Again love when you guys get together your knowledge is gold in my opinion .. but wait a minute Josh preached about not putting your comp tea through any hoses big or small but his applicator he recommends is a small version of a pressure sprayer??? If bio film residue is formed into that tiny tube of that small sprayer its not likely it will be easy to clean just as stated at the beginning of the video .. not trying to rain on the parade I love you guys and your knowledge I have been growing for a lot of years and you always inspire me to innovate my practices especially going organics and no till method etc. Keep up the awesome content

  29. If I use that type of sprayer wouldn't I have a problem with the chlorine coming from my faucet in mixing in with the compost tea?

  30. Trying find a good simple video of u brewing ur own compost tea. Most these vids keep showing this boogie stuff. I want to mix my own simple tea

  31. Huge oversight: Any water from city municipalities will contain chlorine and many other harmful things. Unless you have a well or are using water that has been sitting in the sun for 24 hours to dissipate the chlorine the compost tea will not like the city water.

  32. Making compost tea, then spraying on the plants with the aid of the Ortho sprayer using well water, or city water ?

  33. f oops hey I was only worried about beneficial bacteria in the tea being killed by the pressure? I guess they are so small they don't care? I got a big pipe cleaner it works to clean it out

  34. I have used compost tea in the past, but now I use weed tea. I find weed tea more effective than compost tea. Just throw bunch of weed in a bucket, fill it up with water. Leave it for a week or 2. And there's your weed tea fertilizer. It's has rapidly increase my veg seize in the garden.

  35. I was hoping for a method for compost tea without having to spend the money on boogie brew. Not cost efficient for me.

  36. Problem I have is using hose end sprayer with chlorine filter lowers the rate even more because of the water pressure is lower from filter!

  37. I think what you're saying is, "For plants that dance don't leave it to chance, don't kill – infill it – and thrill it."

  38. i dont like this guy, hes got knowledge but i just dont like his sarcasm towards companies when he shows his anger when he talks about them, something i dont like watching on youtube. will u tell this guy to stop talking about companies thats making money for the products they sell, bad or not to the environment, thank you. 🙂

    love all your videos john, even if it has the boogie brew guy. 😉

  39. Living with smokers and their pile of butts; I'm wondering if a tea could be made and used like an herbicide for the grass clumps in the side walk cracks and spacing.?

  40. Everything is fine except the price of the boogy brew. I usually use varying combination of molasses 4 cups, worm castings 8 cups, kelp 4 cups , Humic Acid 1 cup, fish fertilizer 2 cup, seabird guano 1 cup, epsom salt 1 cup, Iron 1/2 cup, custom fungus/probiotic blend. Add all the above in a 55 gallon drum and fill with water. Run the bubbler. Use the same attachment the guy shows.

  41. What is your recommendation for chlorine free water through the hose end sprayer. I am connected to municipal water that has been treated with chloaines

  42. I saw a video with Elaine Ingham using a huge tank and pump and I'm pretty sure she knows exactly what she's doing

  43. you promote lazy upkeep, you are not helping anyone to use compost tea effectively by making it seem hard to do. please update your information in a way that promotes proper application instead of difficult upkeep.

  44. Since this is old , most likely it will no longer be monitored. But here goes. Would one foliar feed lettuce, swiss chard, or spinach. Would eating greens directly sprayed be harmful. I doubt one would drink it as actual tea.

  45. I had a choice between the Ortho thing and a Chapin sprayer that does the same thing for significantly more money and I had to go with the Chapin because it was made in Batavia, New York by people in my old hometown and because picking the Ortho thing up and seeing Ortho made me put it back down and feel like I should go wash my hands.

  46. I like the guest, oh, Canada?! I want to make tea, but w/less ingredients–water and compost. And I just bought that sprayer, lol. Glad you talked about dilute rate for your tea. What can compost tea do for soil density (i.e., clay soil, typically adding 1 of the the missing 3 elements of soil to balance ((N, P, and K) will normalize it for grass to grow))? In other words, will this help with clay soil without applying aeration? Video is more than awesome, BTW. But a filter, for well water–no chlorine here nor salt.

  47. So I purchased an 8lb bag of Boogie Base yesterday thinking all I had to do was mix with water and apply, but according to this video it has to be brewed, is this correct ?

  48. So essentially you want us to spend our hard earned money on an overpriced concoction of beneficial bacteria that was likely fermented and labored over for weeks and months, then you want us to mix it with de-chlorinated filtered water and proceed to further ferment and oxygenate the solution for 2-3 days ….. ALL THIS …. just to then be essentially completely sterilized by direct contact from tap water in a hose spray cannon … surely you can't be serious …. OH and let me guess, the enviro Nazi must be selling the "Ortho Sprayer" otherwise he would have called it evil

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