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Compost tea is a good “perk” for your plants. It’s simple to make and easy to use.

Fill a cloth bag with compost and put it in a barrel or bucket of water. Your mixture should be about one part compost to five parts water. Let it steep for about a week, swirling it around a few times and making sure that the “tea bag” is submerged.

You can then pour the “tea” over your plants. Put the compost in the bag either back into your backyard composter or spread it in the garden.

Written by
Susan Antler, Executive Director
Compost Council of Canada

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The Compost Council of Canada is the national non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to advocating and advancing organics residuals recycling and compost use. The Council serves as the central resource and network for the compost and organics recycling industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate.