Using a net or sack when brewing compost tea in a bucket makes the cleanup faster and ensures that the aerator doesn't get clogged with debris. Two major factors have to be considered: using material with a mesh large enough to let micro-fauna through but small enough that the organic material doesn't fall out, and selecting material that it is large enough to hold a sufficient amount of compost.
Wash a large man's knee-high cotton sweat sock several times in plain water. Let dry thoroughly between washings. This removes all possible detergents and chemicals that can harm the micro-fauna.
Fill the sock with enough compost to match the level of water. This is ordinarily one shovelful of compost for 5 gallons. If necessary, use multiple socks.
Hang the socks from the edge of the container with clothespins so that the compost dangles into the water.
Cut a 24-inch circle from the screen of an old door or window.
Fill the center with enough compost for the pail.
Pull the edges of the screen up above the compost until a bag forms that holds it all inside.
Clip the edges together with a clothespin or some other kind of fastener.
Tie a cord around the screen just above the compost, and place the package into the pail with the water.
About this Author
Jack Burton started writing professionally in 1980. He has written for "Word from Jerusalem," "ICEJ Daily News" and Tagalong Garden News. Burton managed radio stations, TV studios and newspapers, and was the chief fundraiser for Taltree Arboretum. He has a Bachelor of Science in broadcasting from John Brown University, and retired from the Navy Reserve in 1999.