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06-14-2012, 06:23 PM
I just finished my compost tea pail today. Its a 32 gal garbage pail with 5 gal bucket and lid inside with hundreds of 1/16 holes. I attached a spigot with some epoxy inside and out. Inside the bucket is a brick to hold it down, then its filled up with compost. To aerate the tea there's a aquarium stone ran through a holed brick to make it sink. The pump is contained inside a Tupperware container. I still need to build up the railroad tie base. The base needs to be much taller for more hose pressure. The whole project costs under $50.
$ 2.60 5 gal Pail
$ 1.28 lid
$ 6.00 4 pack 1" stones
$ 9.15 Tetra 40 gal air pump
$ 5.28 20 feet of silicone tube
$ 5.30 spigot
06-14-2012, 06:36 PM
You're working too hard.
Add cow manure.
06-14-2012, 06:47 PM
I do work hard. :P Compost tea is way better then plain old watering and i don't care for buying fertilizer. I've used tea in the past with great results. I can add just about anything i want to this tea rig guano, manure, seaweed, grass clippings.
06-15-2012, 08:24 AM
I learned how to make tea from my grandma when I was a kid. She raised a flock of sheep so she would have me put a few shovel fulls of sheep manure in a rain barrel and then catch the next rain water. It would steep a few days then we'd stir and immerse the watering can in to fill with water. She was known county wide for her African violets and many other exotic plants in her sunroom. I still have one of her most favorite plants, a night blooming cereus. Had it for many years before it bloomed, which is once a year, the flower opens up for one night and the fragrance fills the farmhouse with delight! I also have one of her cactus which grows to the ceiling and has to be cut back before it falls over. Now-a-days, I substitute horse manure for the sheep because that is what I have on hand.
06-15-2012, 08:35 AM
I tried this. I don't like it. Taste like crap! :dead:
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