The Basics on DIY Worm Compost Tea
What is Worm Compost Tea?
By doing a DIY Worm Compost Tea, you’ll know that this product comes from red worms castings, or worm ‘droppings’. Although this nutrient-filled solution is very beneficial for your organic gardening needs, it is not advisable for human and/or animal consumption. This specific tea consists of worm castings that are soaked and ventilated in water for several days. It can also be used as an organic fertilizer
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Materials and Ingredients for making Worm Compost Tea
When preparing to make this vermicomposting tea product, you can start by setting up the necessary materials and ingredients for it. This tea product needs worm castings of course; castings that you’ve purchased or grew at home. You will also need a paint strainer cloth, a 5-gallon bucket that is filled with well-water, or water that you’ve left overnight (make sure it’s chlorine free), an air pump, two airline tubing’s, air stones, and molasses.
How to make Worm Compost Tea
Use compost worms for this project. Start the process by placing 4 cups of worm castings on a paint strainer cloth. Tie the cloth firmly. Next, fill your 5-gallon bucket with 4 to 6 inches of water; and then place the bag of worm castings into the water. You can tie the bag onto the bucket handle, and leave it soaked under the water. After this, use and plug-in an air pump, and place two airline tubing’s to the air stones. You can place these under the bucket. This will not only create bubbles in the water, but also produce valuable microbes. After you’ve done this, put in a cup full of molasses into the bucket; and then leave it for 2 to 3 days, letting the air pump run in this duration as well.
Around this time, you’ll be able to see the results of your small project. You’ll see the content of your bucket with froth on top of a brownish liquid. Finish up by taking out the bag and by pouring the contents of your worm tea (using a small container) on your plants and soil.
Benefits of Worm Compost Tea for your garden
So what can this vermicompost tea product still do for your garden? Well, your DIY Worm Composting Tea can be used as an organic fertilizer, it can help boost the plant’s size and yield in the process, as its microbes and particles also interact with the soil and roots of the plant. Plants grown in soil that are treated with this kind of tea, comes out more healthier compared to plants that are grown using chemical fertilizers. This tea product and its organisms, also help generate the following needs of a young plant or seedling cutting like: hormones, vitamins, nutrients, enzymes, amino acids and minerals.. Their food value increases too since they have the necessary nutrients.
Helpful Vermicomposting Blogs
- GardenWorms.com Blog - Worm Composting Tips and Ideas
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- The Uncle Jim's Worm Farm Blog
Uncle Jim sets you up with everything: The Feed, Bedding, Instructions and of course... the Worms.
www.GardenWorms.com offers quality organic gardening products. Buy live and healthy worms for
composting like Red Wiggler worms and European Nightcrawlers. You can also buy organic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and other green
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