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Saturday on the Farm – DIY Compost Tea

This week, Monday morning started out looking like this:

snow covered rocking chair

So much for working in the garden! The snow melted by Tuesday morning, but the rest of the week remained cold and damp.  I was finally able to get outside for a little bit on Friday. I put compost in a raised bed behind the house where lettuce and spinach will be planted. I also made some compost tea for my seedlings.

I started by dumping some compost on top of the raised bed.

compost

Look how nice the compost is? That’s straight compost, with no dirt mixed in. Love it!

compost

I dumped some on each side of this raised bed. Then raked it in. In this picture, you can see the creek that is actually about 6 feet below the bed.

compost raised bed

Look how nice the bed looks after raking the compost in? I can hardly wait for all the fresh lettuce and spinach!

compost raised bed

While I was working in the compost, I took about 2 cups and put it into a 2 quart pitcher. I then filled it up with water.

compost tea

I let my tea steep for about 5 hours. You can let it steep for 24 hours if you want, the longer it steeps, the stronger it is. Since I used this on my seedlings, I didn’t want it too strong.

compost tea

I took a plastic container and put cheesecloth over the top to strain the compost from the tea.

compost tea

And then I used the tea to feed my little seedlings.

compost tea seedlings

How are your seedlings doing? Have you ever made compost tea before? It’s so easy, you should try it. Your plants will love your for it.  :)

 

For more Farm & Garden posts, please visit:
Bloomin’ Tuesday
Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers

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