What is compost tea?
According to Oregon State University,
Compost tea is a liquid extract of compost that contains plant growth compounds and beneficial microorganisms. Liquid extracts have been used for hundreds of years in agriculture to promote plant and soil health.
How is it made?
Compost tea is produced by steeping finished compost in water in order to extract beneficial microorganisms and compounds into solution. It is made in a variety of ways, including with or without aeration, and with or without adding supplemental nutrient sources.
- helps make plants healthy (healthy plants are better able to resist pests and diseases)
- Provide nutrients for foliar or soil application
- As a microbial inoculant via soil application to help build soil microbial populations
(More info from Oregon State University)