Homemade Compost Tea

To prevent blight and other pathogens from destroying plants many home gardeners have had great success using homemade manure tea. Soak the area around plants and use as a foliage spray.


Manure or Compost tea is not recommended for use on seedlings as it may encourage damping-off disease.

To make your own, fill a 30 gallon trash can with water. Let sit for 24 hours to evaporate the additives (use rain water if you can). Add about 4 shovels worth of manure to this and cover. Let it sit for 2-3 weeks, stirring once a day. Strain and apply as needed.

Various manures supply nutrients as follows: be aware that ALL manure must be aged as fresh manure will burn plants terribly due to the high amounts of ammonia.

Chicken manure: nitrogen rich: use for heavy feeders such as corn, tomatoes and squash.

Cow Manure: potash: use for root crops.

Rabbit manure: promotes strong leaves and stems.

Horse manure: leaf development.

Compost Tea: Make and use just the same as you would the manure tea. This is another terrific
reason to compost all those prunings, grass clipping and kitchen wastes.

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