Care for a “cup of rosy” for your posies? Your plants will love “tea time” when it’s organic compost tea, aka liquid fertilizer!
Really, if you wish to increase the health and productivity of your plants, compost tea will give them a huge boost! Liquid organic compost tea will make your plants more disease and pest resistant, and inoculate your soil with 10,000 times as many microbes as there are in regular compost.
Compost tea is the ultimate tonic.
If you took a shovel and dumped it into a bucket of water, then waited a few days, you’d have a mild elixir (or leachate) of nutrition to pour on your plants. But when you add lots of oxygen, sugars, and other stimulants, the bacteria and fungi will go at it like mad rabbits and begin doubling in population every 7 minutes. Let this brew on for 24 to 48 hours and you’ll have millions of microbes and in tens of thousands of varieties all ready to infuse your garden with abundance and supercharged vitality!
Compost tea inoculates your soil with 10,000 times as many microbes as there are in regular compost.
So let’s get to it! In these two part how-to make compost tea videos, Coleman shares what he’s doing.
COMPOST TEA – Part 1
COMPOST TEA – Part 2
We plan to start brewing another batch of this amazing liquid compost again this weekend. If you’re planning on hopping on the compost tea wagon, welcome aboard and happy brewing! Your plants will love you for it!
There are different plants and weeds you can use for compost tea. One of our favorites, especially since we have so much of it, is comfrey compost tea.
Comfrey is an amazing plant but unless you get the Russian variety, it can take over your garden! We didn’t know that when we first planted ours, but now that we use it regularly to nourish our garden, it all works out. We have plenty for our own nutritional and medicinal use for ourselves as well as our garden compost and compost tea, as well as always some to give away. 😉
The Incredible Comfrey
Comfrey is the only plant that contains vitamin B12.
- Dubbed ‘a miracle herb’
- The only plant to contain vitamin B12
- Mineral rich
- Some varieties can be very prolific (aka invasive)
- Grows easily
- Deep roots
- Thick furry leaves
Comfrey is an amazing plant whose roots can grow as deep as 20-30 feet! Comfrey’s incredible root system is the reason it has so many nutritional and medicinal beneficial for plants and humans.
Comfrey’s deep roots and big leaves means deep mining for—and storage of—minerals and trace nutrients.
- Green fertilizer (place chopped leaves in your compost or around your plants)
- Compost activator, or as a liquid fertilizer ‘comfrey tea’
- Soluble fertilizer
- Contains copper, beneficial as an anti-fungal and anti-viral plant spray
Comfrey Compost Tea Recipe
- Fill container ~3/4 full with chopped large comfrey leaves
- Add water to the top
- Steep for ~2 weeks until leaves rot (we cover ours loosely with a board
After leaves are rotted:
- Stir then pour half into another bucket
- add water to both to be about double the amount or to a weak tea color
- Pour around the roots of your plants
Comfrey Compost Tea Recipe – SIMPLE Old Timey
Less smelly, this time-tested process is even simpler. You’ll just need to buy or make a dispensing bucket with a spigot or tap at the bottom, or a top pump that siphons it from the bottom.
- Fill a container with chopped comfrey leaves
- Place lid or weight (we use a couple bricks on top of plywood cutout)
- The lid doesn’t need to be tight but you’ll want to keep it out of the rain
- NO WATER
The leaves should break down in a couple weeks but without the unpleasantly potent odor resembling dead fish. In a couple weeks or so, you’ll have a black fermented comfrey tea concentrate.
- Dilute 1 part comfrey concentrate to 20 parts water for container plants and seedlings
- Dilute 1 part comfrey concentrate to 10 parts water for garden and larger plants
If you have any extra, store in a jar in a cool dark place or refrigerator. Just be sure to mark it as COMFREY for the GARDEN so that no one mistakes it for human food! You can consume comfrey, but carefully, but that’s a story for another day. 😊
I’m LeAura Alderson, entrepreneur, ideator, media publisher, writer and editor of GardensAll.com. Pursuits in recent years have been more planting seeds of ideas for business growth more than gardening. However, I’ve always been interested in medicinal herbs and getting nutrition and healing from food over pharmacy. As a family we’re eager to dig more deeply into gardening and edible landscape for the love of fresh organic foods and self sustainability. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the creative ingenuity of the GardensAll community.