Step 1. Get a 5 gallon bucket and add 1 part Chicken Soup For The Soil to 9 parts water ( 1/2 gallon Chicken Soup & 4.5 gallons water).
Step 2. Add your choice of microbes (a handful of good quality soil, or pure earthworm castings).
Step 3. Stir what is in your bucket and place in a warm room or outside if it is summer. The main thing is to keep it warm.
Step 4. Stir often, at least daily....more frequently is better. Alternatively, just add 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide and you will be good to go.
Fermenting time will vary depending on temperature:
80f to 90f ready in three days. 70 to 80f four or five days. Under 70f about a week. Can’t hurt to use early but not as effective.
Can be used as a foliar but dilute at least one to four parts water.
Can be used on the soil straight.
Chicken Soup Compost Tea™ is the ultimate in soil and plant nutrition. This compost tea enhances all the nutrients and minerals that come in Chicken Soup for the Soil® by reacting the ingredients with live microbes. When you make compost tea you are essentially multiplying the good microbes before they are added to the soil or sprayed on as a foliar. Microbes play an important part in a balanced soil ecosystem and help produce extra healthy plants.
The microbes will multiply in the bucket while ingesting Chiken Soup for the Soil®... it is their waste that is the ultimate super sauce for plants. This means that you are taking best fertilizer and making it even better. When used as a foliar it has biological exclusion properties that resist bugs & disease.