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Compost Tea in a Box


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The soil food web is a term used to encompass the biological realm in the soil under our feet. There’s another universe down there. It is estimated that up to 500,000 bacteria can fit in the period of the exclamation point at the end of this sentence!

Truly unbelievable.

Modern society has gotten caught up in making artificial fertilizers that serve to stimulate a growth response in plants, but they’re really only making them obese.

Microbes make plant food…period. In addition, microbes are responsible for creating balanced soil, helping plants eat, protecting them from pests and disease, and many other helpful functions that have yet to be discovered. Investigating this universe and researching how to develop healthy microbial populations in your garden can seem complicated, but we’ve made it easy.

Compost tea is a living solution. It is the act of growing microbes in an aerated solution with food sources and mineral catalysts. When fed and aerated, beneficial bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and all of their microscopic friends contained in the soil food web begin to replicate to extraordinary concentrations.

The concept is really no different than keeping an aquarium. You have to aerate water and feed your fish to keep them alive, same with microbes. The Compost Tea in a Box kit is designed to be accomplished with a simple air pump and 5 gallon bucket.

Every gardener deserves an experience with a genuine living solution. After all, you can’t buy this kind of solution on a shelf. Packaging the microbes in a non-aerated container kills them over short periods of time. Now you can make it at home and use directly in your soil or hydroponic garden and watch your plants thrive.


  • Compost tea can and should be used in ALL growing situations
  • Compost tea acts as a fertilizer, disease control, pest control, and so much more!
  • Beneficial microbes cannot be purchased alive from a bottle on a shelf
  • Use compost tea as soon as possible after brewing…after 48 hours most microbes are no longer alive
  • The book on compost tea has not yet been written…experiment!

Compost tea is both a fertilizer and a living solution. The “fertilizer” comes from the food sources (Earth Syrup, Kelp+) and mineral catalysts (Earth Tonic) and the living solution, or microbes, come from the biological inoculant (Genesis Compound).

However, compost tea is not the same as a general fertilizer, especially artificial fertilizers. Often times, artificial fertilizers contain industrial byproducts that do not represent food for microbes and are very harsh on them and on plants. Artificial fertilizers can even “burn” plants when used at too high of a concentration.

A plant “burn” is when the edges of plants show signs of stress and the leaves wither. It is actually a water stress.

When too much fertilizer is used outside the root zone of a plant it sucks water out of it via osmosis (for a complete explanation of osmosis, see here).

Artificial fertilizers do not feed the soil, they attempt to feed the plant. They normally do not even contain the essential elements needed by plants to grow. The elements on the left in the below chart down to Cobalt are understood to be vital for plant growth. Note how many are missing from budget artificial fertilizers:


Our premium organic BioDynamic inputs are the finest on the market. No more worrying about recipes, we’ve done it all for you!

The Compost Tea in a Box kit contains the following inputs:

Earth Compound
Earth Compound:A genuine BioDynamic barrel compost perfect for creating compost tea. Earth Compound is a biological inoculant that provides the beneficial microbes that you will grow in your compost tea brew.It was created on a certified organic and BioDynamic farm that has been in the same family for over 350 years. All of the microbes grew up together and are very good friends. Earth Compound is extremely concentrated. A tablespoon is enough for a 5 gallon brew and this will inoculate an entire acre of land!


Earth Tonic
Earth Tonic: A BioDynamically enhanced sea mineral complex that contains literally ALL Earth-bound elements. Every element on the periodic table as an enzyme potential, called a co-factor.Microbes use enzymes to break down organic matter, just like they do in our bodies to help us digest our food. Without ALL elements in your compost tea brew it’s like hiring microbes to build a house and only giving them half the tools.

Not only will your garden be fed all Earth-bound elements, but your microbes will be able to accomplish all the amazing things that they do for living systems. Why not give your garden EVERYTHING!?


Earth Syrup
Earth Syrup: Containing a unique combination of organic compounds and essential elements directly involved in plant photosynthesis and primary metabolic reactions, Earth Syrupis a carbon-based product that ignites the metabolic activities of both soil and plant.It contains over 10 diverse organic ingredients that stimulate the growth of beneficial microbes and help plants in all stages of growth, as well as encourage higher yields and the production of flavonoids, essential oils, and other primary compounds that make plants smell and taste better. After all, that’s what it’s all about!


Earth Kelp
Earth Kelp: All liquid kelp products are processed, some with heat and harsh chemical solvents. But not Earth Kelp. No chemicals or heat are used in this cold-press liquid kelp in order to extract the goodies inside the cell wall of natural kelp.Earth Kelp also contains TWO forms of kelp – Ascophyllum nodosum and Ecklonia maxima. With living minerals and the BioDynamic preparations (BD500-508), this liquid kelp cannot be beat. If that’s not enough, Earth Kelp is three times the concentration of other liquid kelp products.


Compost tea is not a defined substance. In other words, it can be brewed in myriad ways in all sorts of concentrations and applications.

For instance, one may want to spray it more often and more concentrated when using for pest & disease control than they would for a root drench or use as a general plant tonic.

Another thing to keep in mind is the place of application. Farmers are not able to spray their fields as often as home gardens, for example, so farmers are normally using foliar applications and spraying at higher concentrations. A microbe is more vulnerable on a leaf than in the soil, so this also justifies higher application rates.

The soil has a much higher surface area than a leaf, so home gardeners tend to apply solutions as more of a drench than would be done on a farm. This means that home gardeners may use up to 80 gallons of solution per acre and a farmer only around 20 as a foliar application.

Please keep these ideas in mind when digesting the below recommendations.

We have been researching the use of our products for many years in almost every context imaginable. The purpose of this kit is to provide you a baseline for the successful use of living compos tea solutions.

Start with our recommendations, then you can move to more custom applications once you become comfortable with brewing process and experience the results for yourself.

Because we are growing the microbes to extraordinary concentrations, 5 gallons of compost tea concentrate is sufficient to inoculate an entire acre of land when diluted as a minimum application.

General Use: A gallon of compost tea concentrate can be applied on 250 – 500 square feet as a plant tonic, regardless of the dilution.

A gallon of compost tea concentrate should be diluted no more than 1:16 (or 1 cup per gallon) for all applications. One application of compost tea will provide a benefit, but use it weekly for maximum results.

Gardens: In smaller areas growers tend to apply solutions that are more diluted at a higher frequency (weekly as opposed to monthly) than in larger areas.

Further, garden beds are normally tended more closely than in other applications, meaning the soil is of higher quality.

If you walk your lawn or garden with an average sprayer, it takes around 80 gallons of total solution to spray an acre of land. A minimum application of 5 gallons per acre of compost tea concentrate results in a 1:16 ratio (1 cup / gallon) of compost tea concentrate: water. Maximum concentration would be 1:2, or 2 quarts per gallon of water. Apply weekly for best results.

Hydroponics: Hydroponics is an ideal application for using compost tea. Not only are hydroponic nutrients traditionally devoid of many vital plant nutrients, they completely lack “life force”.

That’s not a knock on hydro, only a statement of the obvious. When growing with hydroponic mineral salts and water only, microbes are bound to be missing.

On balance, there is truth that soil-based gardening provides a broader spectrum of plant-health compounds, even while not achieving the yields found in some hydroponic gardens. What is missing can be added with compost tea…get the best of both worlds!

Add 1 gallon of compost tea concentrate to 20-50 gallons of nutrient solution with every reservoir change in recirculating systems. Use the same dilution for run to waste systems.

Take a look here at the difference in root systems with and without compost tea added. In the below side-by-side, the jalapeno on the right received 1 cup per gallon of diluted compost tea using our input system. Everything else is identical:

Lawns: The soil found in lawns is generally compacted and not tended like a garden bed.

When we develop property there is very little attention paid to the health of the fill used to level the land and sods are chemically treated and very stressed due to being disconnected from the root source.

For this reason, lawn soil is generally very poor. Using the 80 gallons per acre total solution application volume, a minimum application concentration would be 1:8 ratio of compost tea concentrate:water, or 1 pint per gallon. Maximum concentration would be a full strength application. Apply compost tea at least once per month during growing season. More frequent applications can be conducted based on how your lawn responds.

Farms: On larger areas applications are conducted less frequently and at higher concentrations. It takes around 20 gallons of total solution to spray an acre of land in a farming application on average.

A 5 gallon per acre application of compost tea concentrate results in a 1:4 ratio of compost tea concentrate:water, or 1 quart per gallon of water. Maximum concentration would be a full strength application. Apply at least bi-monthly. More frequent applications can provide greater results.


Poor & Chemically Treated Soils: Poor soils, or soils that have been treated chemically (artificial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) over time should be treated intensively with compost tea.

This means multiple applications of compost tea concentrate weekly, moving to less frequent applications over time based on the above recommendations. Beneficial microbes “clean up” problematic soils. Microbes recycle oil spills and even nuclear waste.

Here are some ideas for using compost tea in different applications:

  • Dilute 1 gallon of concentrate into enough water to saturate the pile completely, repeat monthly.Compost Pile Inoculant:
  • Hose End Sprayers: Fill with concentrate, set sprayer to highest dilution, apply weekly.
  • Foliar Feeding: Mix 1 gallon concentrate to 4 gallons of water and apply weekly
  • Seed Soak: Soak seeds in compost tea concentrate in a shallow tray for at least 1 hour, but no longer than 12 hours. For smaller seeds a paper towel can be used.
  • Plant Cuttings: Dip cuttings into full strength compost tea.
  • Diseased plants: Spray plant with undiluted compost tea until healed.
  • Tree Root Soak: Mix 1 gallon of concentrate to 2 gallons of water and apply weekly.
  • Transplanting: Mix 1 gallon concentrate to 2 gallons of water and spray planting hole. Water the rest into the soil after planting. Dip roots directly into solution if possible.
  • Houseplants: Mix 1 gallon concentrate to 8 gallons of water and apply monthly.
  • Raised Beds: Mix 1 gallon concentrate to 8 gallons of water and apply weekly. To overwinter, apply full strength concentration to make fertilizer out of dead roots.

Here is a chart that sums up some of the applications:

  Total gallons of solution / acre Minimum Application Maximum Application Frequency of Application
Depends on
reservoir size
Every 1-2 weeks

Microbes and plants have been working hand in hand for millions of years. Compost tea is simply the best thing you can do to take your garden to the next level. If you are not using Compost Tea in your gardening efforts, NOW is the time to start.

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