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NLR Worm Tea

Worm Tea Facts

  • Worm tea is a high yield liquid plant food.
  • Worm tea contains vitamins, nutrients, enzymes, amino acids, and minerals.
  • Simple Math: five gallons of worm tea will cover up to one acre of plant life (one pound of worm castings per five gallons of worm tea).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much worm castings do I need to make worm tea? 

A: Use at a concentration of one pound of castings in a fine mesh bag to five gallons of water and aerate for 24-48 hours. You will also need to add one tablespoon of unsulphured molasses to provide food for the beneficial bacteria to thrive. 

Q: Do I have to aerate the worm casting to make tea?

A: You can make a non-aerated worm tea by soaking one part earthworm castings in three parts water for 12-24 hours. Stir well and water as usual. Worm tea can be used on any plant. The left over castings will still be an excellent source of nutrition for your plants so be sure to use them as well.

Q: If I can’t make my own where can I get it?

A: Nature’s Little Recyclers brews our own worm tea. We have an industrial aeration system that can brew up to 180 gallons of worm tea at one time. When brewing our large batches, we aerate our tea for 24 hours. The tea may be applied in full concentration or diluted with non-chlorinated water before application.

Q: How much worm tea do I need? 

A: It depends on how much area are you covering. 

Seed Treatments: Spray into seed surface in a mist, not even enough to wet the seeds significantly. Roll seed or portion of seed in solution of tea, place a drench of tea below seed as planting a furrow.

Houseplants: For houseplants, you can use it in its concentrated form to drench soil. You can also use it to spray on plants as part of a regular watering. A 16.9oz bottle will mix into a half gallon of non-chlorinated water to spray on plants, which will cover most homes and offices watering all of their plants. 

Larger Plants: For larger plants, dilute five parts water with one part worm tea. You can use as a soil drench or as a sprayer additive. Depending on the plant, once a month feeding is usually sufficient. 

Foliage: For foliage, garden applications, and root soaks, use at a rate of one gallon worm tea to three gallons water.

Q: How do you use worm tea?

A: Use a watering pail, pump sprayer, or dial sprayer to apply the worm tea to planters, trees, gardens, or turf.  Apply once, weekly, or monthly based on the needs of your plants or garden. If spraying your lawn, it is recommended to apply twenty-five gallons of diluted worm tea per acre four times a year.  It is advised to apply the tea within 72 hours of brewing.

Q: Can worm tea be used on a large scale?

A: Yes, it can be used for any purpose that involves the growing of green plants. It can be used safely for athletic fields, lawns, concert lawns, gold courses, gardens, farms, and, yes, even acres of crops. Worm tea offers a natural solution that is easily accessible to everyone. 

Chart for Large Areas:

(Note: Increase 4x for soil drenching.)

AMOUNT OF WORM TEA

COVERAGE AREA

1.5 ounces

100 sq, feet (10 by 10 feet)

1 cup (8 ounces)

544 sq, feet (23.3 by 23.3 feet)

1 Pint (16 ounces)

1/40th Acre  (1089 sq ft, 33 feet x 33 feet)

1 quart (32 ounces)

1/20th Acre  (2178 sq ft, 46.67 feet x 46.67 feet) 

1 gallon (128 ounces)

1/5th Acre  (8,712 sq ft, 93.34 feet x 93.34 feet)

5 gallons (640 ounces)

1 Acre (43,560 sq ft, 208.71 feet x 208.71 feet)

50 gallons

10 Acres (435,600 sq. feet)

 

Q: I use tap water to water my lawn. Is this bad?

A: Tap water is safe, potable water that is free of bacteria and other toxins. It does not bring in heavy metals or any form of truly harmful to humans. Using it to water your lawn and garden is safe for humans and animals. 

If your water has chlorine and other anti-bacteria additions, this creates an environment that can severely cut deep into your lawn and gardens ecosystems. These waters run in and on contact kill bacteria and other biologicals, and since it is created to end all threats, its range is impressive. Once in soil, the chlorine gases off fairly quickly, leaving it safe for us to play, touch, and eat what we grow. It leaves a dead zone which the microbes must repopulate and heal the disrupted ecosystems. It does this naturally, and restores as much plant life microbial support as it can from this shock. 

Q: Can worm tea help my lawn from using tap water? 

A: Worm tea helps restore the ecosystems by providing rapid microbal support that acts as an immune system for your lawn, gardens, and plants. The over sixty nutrients, minerals, and microminerials needed for healthy plants are combined with billions of useful microbes that bind with roots and leaves to provide natural protection for your plants. Worm tea applications make your plants healthier by providing the basics needed for a robust ecosystem. 

Using worm tea can counter the effects of needing to water with tap water. Once-a-month applications help provide the healthy soil needed for growing plants of all kinds.

Q: How can Nature's Little Recyclers tea help? 

A: Nature’s Little Recyclers tea provides a healthy and well mixed application of worm tea, at the peak of freshness, applied by professionals. This will allow you to have your yard, lawn, and garden spaces given a boost of over sixty nutrients, micronutrients, and minerals needed for a plant health, along with a immunity boost from trillions of healthy microbes. This restores your soil and improves the quality of your plant's life. 

Q: How often do I need Nature's Little Recyclers tea? 

A: Even once helps, and you will see a difference in as little as a few days. At the very least for lawns and general gardens, we offer a spring and fall spraying of tea that provides the needed ecosystem to provide healthy green space. 

For best results, use the tea monthly from spring to late fall. This will allow you to maximize the effect, and rebuild your soil. After two years, we know that you will need to do this process only twice a year. It takes about two years to provide health to old and worn soil, but sometimes longer depending on the situation. The better the base soil, the faster the ecosystem can be restored. 

Q: How do I use Sprayheads? 

A: Calibrating Showerhead Type Sprayers:

  1. Mark off an area 10 x 10sq ft (10 x 10 – 100 sq ft)
  2. Fill your sprayer with water, then use your general application technique and walking speed to spray the marked off area. Be sure to pick your normal walking speed and pattern of spraying you plan to use during the entire time it will take to complete the actual area(s) you plan to spray.
  3. After spraying the marked off area, calculate the amount of water to fill your sprayer back up. For example, if it takes .2 gallons, then your application rate is .2 gallons per 100sq ft. To get this to most standard used-applications rate, you would multiple the 100sq ft and/or .2 gallons x 10 to reach the standard of 2 gallons per 1000sq ft in coverage for larger area applications.
  4. Now based on the dilution rate noted earlier, if you plan to spray 1000sq ft and you have concluded you spray about 2 gallons per 1000sq ft., then all you need to do is take the two gallons of dilution less say 15oz of it and add in 14.69 (15oz) of worm casting tea to make up your total 2 gallons you plan to spray on the 1000 sq ft area.

Calibrating a Boom Sprayer: 

  1. Fill sprayer with water, turn pump on desired pump pressure, hold container under one sprayer nozzle for 1 minute, then measure the amount in the container. You will want to measure each nozzle to be sure each nozzle is putting out the correct amount. A standard rule of thumb is 10% variance between most nozzles (consult your manufacturers specs for correct flow rate based on a given pressure).
  2. Add the amounts released from each nozzle together to give you the total gallon(s) per minute flow of your sprayer. Example: If your sprayer has 10 nozzles and each nozzle puts out .2 gallons per minute then the sprayers output is 2 gpm.
  3. The next step is to determine how much area your sprayer will cover in a given amount of time. This depends on travel speed and width of spray coverage. Get the spray width easily by turning on and off the sprayer and measuring the wet pattern width.
  4. Next measure your sprayers speed and coverage. Do this by running the sprayer at a fixed rpm or gear and measuring how far it travels in 1 minute. Let’s say your sprayer travels 100 feet in 1 minute. The spray width is 16 feet. You now multiple these two amounts 100 x 16 = 1600sq ft per min you have for coverage.
  5. Now you will need to determine your sprayer’s application rate. You do this by dividing the output by the coverage. In our example here, it would be 2 gpm divided by 1600, which is 1.25 gallons per 1000 sq ft your sprayer is putting out. So if you plan to spray an acre which is roughly 43,000sq ft, you will need 43 x 1.25 gallons of liquid (43 x 1.25 gals = 53.75 total gallons of liquid to distribute it evenly across the acre).
  6. Now of that amount, determine what is the label rate? In our case, worm casting tea for general application is 5 gallons per acre, so you would need roughly 49 gallons of water mixed with 5 gallons of worm tea to make up your total liquid content of 53.75 gallons.

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