Compost, which is decayed organic matter, is used as a soil amendment, and as a potting medium and mulch. However, it can also be used to produce an old-fashioned garden tonic called compost tea. Compost tea gives plants a healthy dose of nutrients.
Fill an old pillowcase with approximately 1 gallon of compost and secure the open end.
Fill a bucket with 3 to 4 gallons of water and place the pillowcase in the water.
Allow the compost to steep in the water for approximately three days. The compost will leach vital nutrients into the water. The finished result should be a reddish-brown color, similar to tea.
Empty the finished compost tea into a garden sprayer and apply on and around plants. This mixture is nutrient rich without harsh chemicals and can be applied as often as necessary.
Dump the used compost from the pillowcase back into the compost pile. Although the tea absorbed much of the nutrients the compost can still be used as a soil additive or as mulch.