Compost tea is basically what it sounds like: decomposing organic matter steeped in water.

You can make it as complicated as you want, but it’s a great way to make a small amount of compost go a long way.

There are a few different ways to make it (here’s another method recently published by Modern Farmer).This one is really simple. You just add water to some compost, stir it and let it sit. Other methods include adding molasses and worm casings.

According to the video, it’s best to let it steep for a full day — but you can use it right away if you’re hard-up. Modern Farmer has a few more tips:

  • Water the plants with the tea in the morning before temperatures get too high and plants’ stomata close.
  • Annual and perennial plants can get different kinds of tea. Annuals do better with a compost tea that has bacteria, while perennials respond better to fungi.
  •  You can blend things like rock dust, kelp powder and fish emulsion to add nutrients.

Have any good recipes for compost tea?

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Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...