What is Compost Tea?

SOS for your Soil’s Compost Tea is a quick release nutrient loaded with beneficial microorganisms that are ready to bring the life back to your soil. Simply steep our premium compost in water for 24 hours, using a clean 5 gallon bucket, and it will be ready to use outdoors or in.

BENEFITS OF COMPOST TEA

As a quick release nutrient, compost tea will add microbes into your soil at a fast rate. This will change dirt into living soil. These bacteria and fungi will take the minerals that naturally make up the earth and process them into usable nutrients for your plants, trees and grass.

COMPOST TEA CAN BE USED TO

  • Increase plant growth and strength
  • Provide nutrients to plants and soils
  • Provide beneficial microorganisms
  • Make plants better able to resist pests and diseases

METHODS FOR MAKING COMPOST TEA:

There are a variety of uses for compost tea and different methods for making it. We hope these examples will help you.

Always use one cap full of hydrogen peroxide with water (let sit for 5 minutes) to clean all items before making compost tea.
You can make a spray bottle (1/2 cap full of hydrogen peroxide, the rest water) just spray it on everything and let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinse with fresh water.

  • 1. Fill a clean five (5) gallon bucket with water

    2. If using tap water, let sit for 24 hours uncovered for chlorine to dissipate. (Chlorine can kill beneficial organisms in the tea.) If using rain, bottled or well water, skip this step.

    3. Drop the SOS for your Soil compost into your bucket to steep.

    4. Let stand uncovered for 8 to 24 hours (the longer it sits the more potent your tea will become.)

    5. Aerate tea by stirring occasionally to increase oxygenation or use an air pump.

    6. Pour tea into a water can then apply to plants, trees and lawns.

    7. Apply SOS for your Soil compost tea liberally and as often as you like. Saturate the roots of your plants by watering with compost tea with compost tea at the base of your plant, followed by water to bring the tea down to the roots (soil drench).

Method 1

BEST USED FOR:

• New plantings in lieu of plain water

• Transferring into a watering can

  • 1. Fill a clean five (5) gallon bucket with water

    2. If using tap water, let sit for 24 hours uncovered for chlorine to dissipate. (Chlorine can kill beneficial organisms in the tea.) If using rain, bottled or well water, skip this step.

    3. Drop the SOS for your Soil compost into your bucket to steep.

    4. Let stand uncovered for 8 to 24 hours (the longer it sits the more potent your tea will become.)

    5. Aerate tea by stirring occasionally to increase oxygenation or use an air pump.

    6. Pour tea into a water can then apply to plants, trees and lawns.

    7. Apply SOS for your Soil compost tea liberally and as often as you like. Saturate the roots of your plants by watering with compost tea with compost tea at the base of your plant, followed by water to bring the tea down to the roots (soil drench).

Method 2

This method uses a cheese cloth to contain the compost so there is no need to strain it later, and if you like, an air pump to keep aeration constant. 

BEST USED FOR:

• Any sort of sprayer, bottle sprayer, pump sprayer (great for treating your whole lawn)

• Watering can with sprinkler cap (soil drench)

  • 1. Fill a clean five (5) gallon bucket with water, place air pump tube in the bucket, plug in air pump. (For easy access to an outlet, I do this in my garage)

    2. If using tap water, let sit for 24 hours uncovered for chlorine to dissipate. (Chlorine can kill beneficial organisms in the tea.) If using rain, bottled or well water, skip this step. If you are using an air pump, just wait 20 minutes.

    3. Drop the SOS for your Soil compost into a cheese cloth, tie a loose knot, the place in the bucket to steep.

    4. Let stand uncovered for 8 to 24 hours (the longer it sits the more potent your tea will become.)

    5. Aerate tea by stirring occasionally to increase oxygenation. Skip this step if using an air pump.

    6. Pour tea into a water can with sprinkle cap or a sprayer then apply to plants, trees and lawns.

    7. Apply SOS for your Soil compost tea liberally and as often as you like. Saturate the roots of your plants by watering with compost tea with compost tea at the base of your plant, followed by water to bring the tea down to the roots (soil drench).

Method 3

Use a watering can without a sprinkle cap and, if you like, an air pump to keep aeration constant.

BEST USED FOR:

• New plantings

  • 1. Fill a clean 2 gallon watering can with water, place air pump tube in the bottom of the can, plug in air pump. (For easy access to an outlet, I do this in my garage)

    2. If using tap water, let sit for 24 hours uncovered for chlorine to dissipate. (Chlorine can kill beneficial organisms in the tea.) If using rain, bottled or well water, skip this step. If you are using an air pump, just wait 20 minutes.

    3. Drop the SOS for your Soil compost in the watering can to steep.

    4. Let stand uncovered for 8 to 24 hours (the longer it sits the more potent your tea will become.)

    5. Aerate tea by stirring occasionally to increase oxygenation. Skip this step if using an air pump.

    6. Dig a hole for your new planting, poor compost tea/compost solution into the hole, as you would with water, after your plant is in, once again water with the compost tea/compost solution in lieu of water. You will not need to feed this plant again for about 3 months.

Method 4

Use a gallon jug of water and, if you like, an air pump to keep aeration constant.

BEST USED FOR:

• Indoor plants

  • 1. Using a store bought gallon of water, take off the lid, place air pump hose in the jug, plug in air pump.

    2. The water is immediately ready for the compost.

    3. Drop a handful of SOS for your Soil compost into the jug to steep.

    4. Let stand uncovered for 8 to 24 hours (the longer it sits the more potent your tea will become.)

    5. Aerate tea by stirring occasionally to increase oxygenation. Skip this step if using an air pump.

    6. You can now feed your indoor plants easily with this compost tea.

Find our Compost Tea Bags at your favorite nursery or garden center