Have you ever thought what your garden would order at the local snooty organic restaurant? Maybe some fresh rain water to drink for starters, then some sunshine as an appetizer? Most definitely the main course would have to be Chicken Poop Soup…
Here is our DIY Compost Tea Bucket design that you can easily make in a matter of a few minutes with the right tools and parts from your local home improvement store.
DIY Compost Tea Bucket:
One good bucket
Rubber gasket sheet (3” by 5”)
½” PVC parts:
Adapter (glue to male thread)
Adapter (glue to female thread)
1 ft schedule 40 pipe
Bunch of chickens
Drill with 7/8” hole saw bit. Be sure to size it to fit over the male threaded adapter
Rubber gasket sheet
Ratcheting PVC cutter
Razor knife or scissors
Pliers or adjustable wrenches
Assembling your compost tea bucket:
Drill a 7/8” hole near the bottom of the bucket on the side 1” up from the bottom of the inside.
Place the two gaskets over the threads of the threaded adapter and place the threads through the hole just cut from the inside of the bucket.
Cut a couple of 2” sections of pipe and a 3” section. Insert a 2” pipe section into the outer adapter, then the ball valve, then another 2” pipe section, then an elbow and lastly the 3” pipe section pointing downward. I chose not to glue the joints because there is not enough pressure to make it come apart. I can then dismantle it at the end of the season and store the parts inside the bucket.
Here is what the valve setup looks like.
Finished DIY Compost Tea Bucket! Test Drive…
Place some water in the bucket with the ball valve closed and check the effectiveness of the gasket seal. If it leaks, use a couple pairs pliers to tighten the adapters. When it passes without leaking, empty the water and place enough medium sized stones to cover bottom, about 6 inches of straw on top of that and about 6 inches of chicken poop (or a chunk of whatever you shoveled out of your coop) on top of the whole thing. Place the setup on a table or wall outside near a water source in a sunny location. Add water up to the top and cover. Wait a couple of hours or a day. Place a watering can below the spigot and open the ball valve. You can refill the same bucket with new water until it runs “clear” and you know all the good poop is gone. Empty the bucket contents into your compost pile and do it all again. Only a gardener can appreciate the smell of the product that will leave your plants wanting to give you a tip for the best meal they have ever feasted upon.
Bon Appetite Garden!
Ah, my man knows how to please! For more information on actually brewing your compost tea you can Google the topic or go here to begin with. There are a lot of different methods and recipes but the bottom line is that you don’t want to brew disease and death to your plants so adequate turnover is really important – brew it and use it!
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