Using Compost Tea For Your Garden

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According to wikipedia, the definition of compost tea is this: "A liquid solution or suspension made by steeping compost in water, is alleged to return necessary microbes back into the soil—it has a very short shelf life."

That might be what it actually is, but in my mind I use tea to make its own compost, which is also very good for your garden. I don't believe there is a technical term for what its called when you add tea leaves to your garden, so I decided to just borrow the name I gave it. My method is making compost "out of" tea, so it's close to the same thing.

What Are The Benefits of Compost Tea?

By adding tea leaves to your garden, you can let the soil soak up the many dozens of nutrients and vitamins that are still within the tea leaves. You got your share of them by drinking it, so let the plants also get some of the tea goodness!

Most people use factory made products like miracle grow to try and enhance their gardens, but that's not natural. I'm not a fan of anything that isn't natural, so "naturally" I'm not a fan of miracle grow or any other chemicals that supposedly make your food grow bigger. I'd rather have less and smaller food than bigger food which was grown with something produced in a factory.

That's why I think tea leaves are a great plant fertilizer. Compost tea doesn't have to be by itself either. You can also add any leftover skins from your fruits, for example. If you leave it in the garden all year and let the soil soak up the nutrients, you will have a beautiful garden come spring time.

It might not look the best, but no one cares about looks - right? You should only be worried about how compost tea makes your garden perform, and you can be amazed when you grow some of the most fantastic vegetables you've ever seen.

The best part about this is that it's so simple! This is what I do: When I'm done using the teaspoon or so of tea leaves I use for that day, I'll put the tea leaves in a jar with a little water, and throw it all onto the garden. Then I just rinse the jar out and I'm done! It can't get much simpler than that.

Try this method while you're growing your garden this year and see if it makes a difference. My guess is that you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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