It is the season of little baby seedlings. Of transplanting, and root establishment. Now, at the beginning of their life, your plants need a boost of energy. And there is nothing better than dark, nutritious, homemade, vermicompost tea.
I hope you remember my precious worms… I feel a bit like a mama hen when it comes to the growing bunch of red wigglers. You should read the story really, but if you haven’t, let me fill you in. We found an old, frozen bin that used to house a family of composting worms behind someone’s house. There were no worms inside since it was the middle of the Winter and way to cold for the worms to be outdoors, but there was a piece of paper in there full of worm eggs. So we fixed the bin up, brought it inside where it was nice and warm, and voila! They hatched, multiplied, and pooped plenty since then.
In the past couple of months, I’ve been hard at work planting lettuce, pack-choi, kale, cabbage, leeks, eggplants, tomatoes, and peppers in trays. Almost all of those are already transplanted to the garden, but when they were babies, I wanted to give them a big energy boost so they will grow fast and strong.
Compost tea came to mind. Because it’s liquid, the nutrients in the tea are available for the plants much faster than if you were to sprinkle the compost around the plant. You won’t believe the difference in your plants within a couple of days.
How to Make Vermicompost Tea:
Here is what you’ll need:
- A 5-gallon bucket of rainwater. If you don’t have rain water you can use water from the tap, but make sure to leave the bucket to stand overnight so the chlorine can evaporate. We don’t want to kill the beneficial micro-organisms in the compost.
- 2 tablespoons of molasses or corn syrup. This will be the food for our micro- organisms, so they don’t die right away.
- 2 cups of worm poop, a.k.a castings.
Let this stand for 24 hours.
Since I took this picture a couple of weeks ago, I transplanted those seedlings to the field, and I am happy to say they all survived the transition and are growing beautifully.
I hope you get your hands on some worm poop and have a tea party!
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