How to Make Worm Castings Tea: 10 Steps
Worm castings tea is a natural, organic fertilizer and soil conditioner that is packed with nutrients and beneficial microorganisms. It’s an excellent way to provide your plants with a nutrient-rich boost to help them grow strong and healthy. Follow these 10 simple steps to make your own worm castings tea at home.
1. Gather your materials: To make worm castings tea, you will need:
– Worm castings
– A 5-gallon (20 liters) bucket
– Non-chlorinated water
– Aeration stones or air pump
– Fine mesh bag or cheesecloth
– Unsulfured molasses (optional)
2. Measure the worm castings: Use 1 pound (454 grams) of worm castings for every 5 gallons (20 liters) of water.
3. Fill the bucket: Fill the bucket with non-chlorinated water, which can be achieved by either using collected rainwater or allowing tap water to sit uncovered for 24 hours to let the chlorine dissipate.
4. Place worm castings in the fine mesh bag: Put the measured worm castings in the mesh bag or cheesecloth, tying it securely to prevent the contents from spilling out.
5. Submerge the bag in the water: Place the bag containing worm castings into the bucket of water, ensuring it is fully immersed.
6. Add aeration: Attach an aeration stone or air pump to your bucket to ensure there is adequate oxygen being supplied to the mixture during brewing, promoting beneficial microorganism growth.
7. Add molasses (optional): As an optional step, add 1-2 tablespoons of unsulfured molasses per gallon of water to act as a food source for beneficial microbes, helping boost their populations.
8. Brew the tea: Allow your worm castings tea to brew for 24-48 hours, regularly checking that the air pump is still working and ensuring the mixture is well aerated.
9. Strain the tea: After brewing, remove the mesh bag with worm castings from your bucket and strain the liquid using another fine mesh or cheesecloth to remove any remaining solid particles.
10. Use your worm castings tea: Dilute the strained liquid with water, using a ratio of 1 part worm castings tea to 5 parts water, and apply to your plants via watering or foliar spray.
Your homemade worm castings tea is now ready to use! Provide your plants with this nutrient-rich organic fertilizer to stimulate their growth and improve overall health. Make sure to use the finished tea within a few days for maximum effectiveness. Happy gardening!