Making compost tea
By Angie, Jun 1 2015 12:13PM
Not for me to drink! For my plants.
The two biggest weed problems on our plot are bindweed and couch grass. Neither are weeds you want to put straight onto your compost heap, so I like to drown them first for a few weeks in a dustbin which I top up with water to create a nutritional, nitrogen rich liquid feed.
Having had a mammoth weeding session two weeks ago, I filled my dustbin (finishing with a top dressing of nettles and comfrey leaves to completely fill to the top) and topped up with water, locking down the lid so the whole mix can stew for a few weeks in the dark.
Once the weeds no longer resemble their former selves, I drain them into buckets using an offcut of galvanised netting, tipping the gloopy drowned weeds into the compost heap.
I then add a couple of cups full of the smelly liquid into each watering can when watering the plants.
I usually leave this job until the end of the day when most of my fellow plotholders have left the site as it really smells awful!