How To Make Worm Tea | Grow Big Plants Now
Using a liquid fertilizer for growing vegetables at home is good, but you have to be careful with some of them. Enter worms and the magical ways of compost tea.
Its funny how I came into being a worm guy. I heard about how to brew worm tea and the next thing you know I had a bag of red wriggler worms show up to my house. I built my own worm bin and my tomatoes have never been the same.
Ok, that probably wasn't funny, but having worms mailed to you was cool in itself. In a nutshell, worm tea is simply taking worm castings and dipping it into water like a tea bag.
You will learn my highly effective worm tea recipe and why you need to start brewing a batch of compost tea.
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- What is Worm Compost Tea?
- Worm Tea Water Vs Worm Castings?
- Leachate vs. Worm Compost Tea
- How to Make Worm Compost Tea Water
- How to Use Worm Compost Tea
- Final Thoughts
What is Worm Compost Tea?
Worm Tea Water Vs Worm Castings?
By now we should be able to easily tell the difference between worm tea and worm castings.
We now know that making worm tea from worm castings is simple. The compost tea recipe is made by steeping worm castings in water for 24 -48 hours.
You can use the compost tea at full strength or dilute it with another 5 gallons of water before it can be applied to the soil in its “liquid gold” form.
You can spread this magic worm tea water full of microbes all over your plants and soil to promote healthy growth.
No special equipment needed for your compost tea to make your plants get bigger- just water, vermicompost tea, and a sprayer or watering bucket.
Solid Worm Castings
Worm castings on the other hand is solid waste formed from the excretions of earthworms and in their pure form contain a myriad of organic materials which can actually add microbes not only to plants but also as a supplement for poor dirt and plant life.
This means your worm farm can be used in its raw form to revitalize poor soil by its nutritious presence in the soil.
More important is that worm poop contains large quantities of natural fertilizer such as nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and magnesium among other microbes.
You know the saying, "You are what you eat". Feeding your worms food scraps of bananas and a balanced food source of varying organic chemicals (nitrogen, phosphorus, & potassium) will be available in the worm manure.
Just ensure that your food is free of chemical fertilizers or growth inhibitors to ensure it is organic if that is important to you.
More important is that it contains large quantities of nutrients such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium and magnesium among other plant nutrients. Check out our worm tea recipe #worms, #composting, #prepping
Liberal Amounts of Both Won’t Harm Plants
From Solid to Nutrient in a Jiffy
The Best Nutrient Provider on the Planet
Leachate vs. Worm Compost Tea
What is it?
The Reason Why
- NEVER use the leachate if it exudes a bad smell and don’t just dump the leachate water anywhere and certainly not on plants along the driveway or roadway where it can quickly drain into drainage gutters and away from homes.
- ALWAYS dilute leachate with lots of water in the ratio of 10:1 or 10 parts of water to 1 part of leachate.
- AERATE the leachate to oxygenate it to improve its quality if you have the equipment, otherwise, safely dispose of it as quickly as you can.
- ALWAYS use outdoors to water only your shrubs, decorative or flowering plants.
- DO NOT use it on plants like vegetable plants and fruits which you intend to eat.
A method packed with healthy microbes you never thought existed known as “worm tea”. #gardentips, #compost, #allotment, #preppers
How to Make Worm Compost Tea Water
- Porous Mesh tea bag – any type of bag or cloth which will hold the castings as it’s seeped in water. You can use a panty hose in a pinch
- Use rain water, pond water or distilled water (Dechlorinate your city water)
- Bucket (with 5 gallon bucket holding capacity will be ideal)
- Worm castings (the castings should fill about one tenth of the bucket)
- Organic Molasses (optional) - this is food to increase your healthy microorganisms in the compost tea brew
- Aquarium pump with aeration stone, fish tank bubbler
- Watering Can, spray bottle or other container to distribute the worm compost tea brew
- Fill up the porous tea bag with worm castings or vermicompost
- Steep the bag with content using the types of water recommended above
- Add about one to two tbsp of molasses per every 5 gallons of compost tea water. the molasses is optional but definitely recommended.
- Allow the bag to be immersed in your 5 gallon bucket for 24 hours A light brown color means the worm tea is ready for use. Mind you, aerated water spurs microbe activity in the bucket so you could use a bubbler to add more oxygen to your worm tea solution.
- Dilute the worm tea with more water. First, remove everything from the bucket containing the worm tea and add five gallons of water to your one bucket of worm tea.
- You can add your leftover worm castings to your compost pile as all the microbes are in the 5 gallon bucket of worm casting tea.
How to Use Worm Compost Tea
Clogging up of the sprayer has been known to happen so use a strainer to rid your tea of lumpy castings material that might clog up your tea sprayer.
It doesn’t just boost the dirt, it also prevents disease from gaining a foothold on your dirt or plants.
The swimming microorganisms in the tea also need oxygen to survive so be kind and let oxygen in. To be on the safe side, it would be better if you use a new batch of castings tea each time you water your plants.