TeaLAB’s Bucket Brew Kit comes with all of the equipment you need to brew your own aerated compost tea in a 5 gallon bucket. TeaLAB’s Brew Kit is the best you can buy! The BubbleSnake is the super-widget that makes brewing easy. The Brew Bag is very durable, you can use it to scrub out the bucket between brews, and the commercial quality air pump is made to last. This product is very easy to clean, no wasted time there!
Compost tea is a liquid produced by extracting beneficial microorganisms (microbes)—bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, and micro arthropods—from compost using an aerated brewing process. A true compost tea contains all of the organisms that were present in the compost before brewing. The brewed water extract contains the soluble nutrients from your compost. Compost tea is a great overall plant health booster (a little like vitamins for people), and healthy plants are better able to resist pests and diseases.
TeaLAB’s system has been developed by a group of gardeners in the Northern California Coastal Mountains. It is tried and true as the easiest way to do the best.
Kit includes: BubbleSnake Aerator, Brew Bag, 715 GPH Air Pump, 5 Gallon Bucket and all Hoses & Fittings
BONUS: Yard Farm’s Atlantic Gem – $27 value
Suggestions for Brewing:
Brew Temp/Brew Time
- 50(F) / 48 hrs
- 60(F) / 36 hrs
- 70(F) / 24 hrs
- 80(F) / 12 hrs
Compost tea is a good overall plant health booster (a little like vitamins for people), and healthy plants are better able to resist pests and diseases.
Good tea improves soil health. A healthy soil is less likely to leach nutrients down beyond plant root zones. If soil is nutrient-rich, the need for fertilizer is minimized.
Compost tea improves the water retention capacity of soil, which reduces the need for frequent watering.
Soil structure is improved with regular applications of compost tea. (Good soil structure is important for nutrient and water retention and accessibility.) The biological components in a soil are what create its structure. For good structure, all organism groups in the food web—bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, and micro arthropods—need to be present. When you add tea, you add these microbes.
Compost tea helps loosen clay soils for air and water to move, and helps sandy soils retain water and nutrients.
Plant root growth is stimulated by compost tea applications. Deeper roots retain moisture better and help to reduce runoff.
When sprayed onto plants, compost tea adds beneficial microbes to foliage. By occupying leaf surfaces, these organisms prevent potential disease organisms from gaining a foothold.
Compost tea combats the negative impact chemical-based pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers have on beneficial microorganisms.
Unlike store-bought fertilizers, tea recipes can be developed and fine-tuned to target specific conditions and plant needs.