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I've written before about how to make compost tea and why you should, but when I wrote a round up of how to brew compost tea videos, I somehow missed this gem from PNW gardening on how to make a compost tea brewer for under $30. Unlike many online how to videos out there, this guy does a masterful and succinct job of explaining the materials and equipment needed, followed by exactly what you need to do to get it done. It's not rocket science. Now the only question is, what does it do for your garden?
A DIY Compost Tea Brewer
Running through the equipment and materials needed—from bucket to drill to pump and aeration stones—and following up with a step-by-step demonstration of how to put this together, it certainly makes you wonder why some folks are spending extraordinary amounts of money on compost tea makers. Essentially, these are just aeration devices designed to keep oxygen moving in a tub of water and compost. That's it. This video shows the bare basics of how to make that happen.
Does Compost Tea Work?
A word of warning though. As noted in my longer post on how to make compost tea and why you should, questions remain about the efficacy of compost tea at kick starting microbial activity in the garden. (Some say it does little compared to simply spreading compost in a more traditional manner.) Nevertheless, with many advocates swearing by the magic of compost tea, I'm pretty sure there will be plenty of folks setting out to buy or build their own brewer. Hopefully this video will help you experiment without breaking the budget.
We'd love to hear from anyone using compost tea in their gardens—is it really all it's cracked up to be?
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