Worm tea at a fundamental level is worm compost that has been concentrated. Worm castings are known for their ability to replenish the soil with essential nutrients, provide a defense against disease and keep water retention in the soil.
Why use Worm Tea?
Because of the concentration of the worm castings, it is great for speeding up the growth rate of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes. It also allows your plants to absorb the nutrients much faster compared to castings which release over time. Used in combination with castings you can significantly increase plant grown and increase crop yields.
What are the Benefits of Worm Tea?
Worm tea helps the plant with boosting its immune system. The microbes that are delivered out compete anaerobic and pathogenic organisms. By taking over infection sites on the roots and leaf surfaces, it boosts the resistance to disease.
The tea also helps create the “cuticle,” a waxy layer on top of the epidermis, or plant skin. This protects the leaves from extreme elements and reduces attacks by certain harmful microorganisms and insects.
You Can Control the Concentration
Worm castings have a wide variety of uses, from your home garden to vineyards to fruit and nut trees. By making it into a tea you can brew it strong or weak depending on your specific needs.
Adds Valuable Nutrients to the Soil
Worm Tea can replenish soil that has been damaged by chemical fertilizers. Microbes will adapt to the soil, convert and metabolize organic and inorganic compounds with repeated applications. Plants are healthier overall! The root system becomes stronger because of the symbiotic relationship between plant and microbes in the plant zone. One great use is for the brown spots on your lawn.
How do I make Worm Tea?
Making Worm Tea at home is relatively easy.
- Start with 3-5 cups of Circle M Worm Castings per 5 gallons of chlorine free water or 1/4 - 1/2 cup for every 2 quarts of chlorine free water.
- Aerate mixture by whisking/stirring, or pouring from one bucket to another 2 or more times over the course of 24 – 48 hours.
- For the best results actively aerate mixture 24 – 48 hours.
- Add 1 – 2 TBL complex sugars (molasses, honey, agave, natural syrups, or fruit juices) per gallon of water per 24 hours of brew time.
- Circle M Worm Castings recommends brewing for at least 12 to 24 hours.
The finished compost tea will be an amber to brown color much like a well-brewed cup of tea. To keep the shelf life as long as possible keep it aerated until applied.
How do you Apply Worm Tea?
There are several ways to accomplish this depending on your needs. It can be as simple as a watering can to drench the soil. If you have bigger plants, you can use a pressurized sprayer. As soon as you remove it from your brewing system, it should be utilized.
The aerobic organisms consume the oxygen in the tea immediately and begin to die or go dormant. Un-aerated teas can be stored for several days in bottles in a dark place. Or if you refrigerate it you can keep it for up t a week. Make sure there is a 4" gap in the bottle. If your tea has a smell then you know it has gone anaerobic and can't be used anymore.