Composting is a great way to turn your food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich soil for your plants. However, not everyone has the time or space for traditional composting methods. That's where fermenting your compost comes in. Fermenting compost is a quick and easy way to create a potent liquid fertilizer that can be used on your plants immediately.
To get started, you will need a few simple materials. You will need a container with a tight-fitting lid, a small amount of finished compost or garden soil, and some water. You can use any container that can be sealed tightly, such as a five-gallon bucket or a plastic container with a lid. You will also need a stirring tool, such as a stick or a wooden spoon.
Start by filling your container about a quarter of the way with finished compost or garden soil. Add enough water to create a slurry-like mixture. Stir the mixture thoroughly to incorporate the water and compost or soil.
Next, add your food scraps and yard waste to the container. Be sure to chop or shred any large pieces of waste to speed up the fermentation process. Stir the mixture again to incorporate the new additions.
Once your container is full, put the lid on tightly and store it in a warm, dark place for about two weeks. Stir the mixture once a day to aerate it and promote the fermentation process.
After two weeks, strain the liquid from the solids using a mesh strainer or cheesecloth. The liquid will be a dark brown color and will have a strong, pungent smell. This liquid is your compost tea, which can be used to fertilize your plants.
To use the compost tea, dilute it with water at a ratio of 1:10 (one part compost tea to 10 parts water). You can use the compost tea to water your plants or spray it directly on the leaves. Be sure to use the compost tea within a few days of straining it to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
Fermenting your compost is a simple and effective way to create a potent liquid fertilizer for your plants. By following these easy steps, you can turn your food scraps and yard waste into a valuable resource for your garden.