How To Feed Your Garden: Compost, Compost Tea, Weed Tea and More

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On Today’s Podcast Episode, Harold and Rachel Discuss Several Ways To Feed Your Garden and Maintain Healthy Soil and Healthy Plants.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 242 – May 21, 2024

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Why You Need To Feed Your Garden Soil

  • Feeding the soil increases nutrients and water retention, and improves soil structure.

Organic Commercial Fertilizers


  • How To Apply Compost
    • Amend Soil 
    • Side Dress Plants

Compost Tea

  • What Is Compost Tea?
    • liquid version of the solid compost material
  • How Often Should You Apply
    • I personally apply monthly but could be applied more often if needed

Weed Leach Tea

  • What Is Weed Leach (or Infusion) Tea?
    • Plants soaked in water for an extended amount of time allowing them to break down and infuse into the liquid. The benefit is liquid has no seeds in it, but you still get all the phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen, magnesium, sulfur, copper, boron, and other minerals and nutrients they have stored in their roots and leaves.
  • How To Make and use Weed Leach Tea
    • Place an air stone hooked to an aquarium air pump in the bottom of a bucket.
    • Fill the bucket with a variety of valuable plants or weeds. Comfrey, dock, dandelion, etc. Avoid toxic plants like poison ivy.
    • Fill the bucket with water and let aerate for 7 days.
    • Strain the plants from the water and dilute 1 to 10 and spray on garden soil.

Other Ways To Feed Your Soil

  • Chop and Drop
  • Urine
  • Symbiotic relationships like nitrogen fixing plants 
  • Vermiculture In Place – 


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    Author, blogger, podcaster, homesteading and permaculture enthusiast. I have a passion for sharing what I learn and helping others on their journey. If you're looking for me, you'll usually find me in the garden.

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