Aerated, Brewed Worm Compost Tea Recipe:
To brew a batch of aerated worm compost tea, you will do roughly the same procedure as the basic worm tea recipe except you will be introducing a sugar source and an aeration device. The sugar and aeration wake up, feed, and increase the population of the beneficial microorganisms living in the worm compost, making this method the absolute best for your plants.
Ingredients and things you need
- Porous bag (Uncle Jim’s worm bag, old t-shirt, pantyhose, cheesecloth, etc.)
- dechlorinated water such as rainwater, pond, or distilled water
- bucket ( 18L will work)
- Worm Castings
Here is an aerated brewed worm compost tea recipe:
- Put roughly 4 to 6 cups of finished worm castings (without a tea bag) into a 18L bucket. I never measure, throw in a few handfuls of vermicompost.
- Add 15L of water (rain or well water is best because it is not chlorinated, but city water will work).
- Add 28grams of unsulfured molasses to provide a food source for the beneficial microorganisms living in the worm poop. You can use almost any sugar source here. NOTE: Adding a sugar source will increase beneficial microorganisms, but it will also enhance any harmful pathogenic microbes as well. If you suspect your worm compost contains harmful microbes, do not add molasses.
- Stick the bubbler (air-stone) end of an aquarium aerator down to the bottom of the bucket and turn it on. Let it brew for about 3 days, stirring occasionally.
- You may want to strain the worm compost tea before using.
- For best results, use the brewed worm tea immediately.
- Tip for even better results: Follow the worm compost tea recipe above, but add 2 cups of alfalfa pellets (rabbit food), for some extra Nitrogen in the worm tea brew.
How to Use Worm Compost Tea (Watering plants with Worm Compost Tea)
Now that you have made a batch of compost tea with worm castings try one of the below methods in your garden or home. If you have a large yard or many houseplants, worm compost tea can be diluted with water to cover more area. Check out these uses for worm compost tea:
- Water your garden as you usually would.
- Water your houseplants.
- Use the worm compost tea to water seedlings or baby plants.
- Cover a whole plant with worm compost tea including the - leaves. Many people believe that the beneficial microbes in worm tea help protect plants from diseases.
- A sprayer or spray bottle works well. Be sure to strain the worm compost tea before adding it to the spray bottle.