How to Make Liquid Organic Fertilizer for Vegetable Gardens


Making liquid organic fertilizer or compost tea for vegetable gardens is done by using compost or well-composted animal manure to make a tea that is applied to the soil around vegetable plants. Liquid organic fertilizer or compost tea provides an immediate source of nitrogen and trace minerals to the plants and surrounding soil. If used as a foliar feed, the tea should be diluted with water until the liquid organic fertilizer is the color of weak tea.

How to Make Liquid Organic Fertilizer for Vegetable Gardens

Step 1

Place 2 shovelfuls of well-composted manure or compost into a burlap bag. Tie or secure the end of bag so the compost cannot spill out.

Step 2

Fill a bucket or container that holds 5 gallons of water three-fourths full of water.

Step 3

Submerge the burlap bag holding compost into the bucket or container of water.

Step 4

Leave the burlap bag containing compost in the container holding the water for two weeks, adding water as needed to prevent the water level from getting low from evaporation. Locate the bucket or container in an area where the smell will not become offensive to anyone because the fermentation process will produce a strong odor of rotting organisms.

Step 5

Remove the burlap bag from the container holding the water after two weeks and dispose of burlap bag contents by adding them to the compost pile. Apply finished liquid organic fertilizer or compost tea to soil around vegetable plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Burlap bag
  • Well-rotted compost or manure
  • Source of water
  • Large bucket or container that can hold 5 gallons of water
  • Shovel


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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.