It's teatime in the garden

Learn more about compost tea

What's compost tea?

Compost tea is the most promising and exciting new tool in the organic industry. It is a perfectly nutritious mix of energetic goodness for lawns, vegetables, herbs, flowers, trees, shrubs, and house plants. Like a cool drink on a warm evening, it'll revive your plants and make 'em feel like dancing. (Don't drink it yourself, but feel free to dance along with your plants.) It reverses the wicked impacts chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers can have on your garden's beneficial microorganisms. It helps your plants get their thrive on, especially in urban settings or when soil conditions are unfriendly. Compost tea promotes healthy soil biology and improves nutrient retention. And when sprayed onto leaves, the beneficial bacteria and fungi gobble up food that disease-causing organisms might have otherwise used to prosper. Squeaky Green Organics makes compost tea every day. Let us know if you'd like to purchase some or have some applied to your yard.

How do I tell if compost is good or bad quality?

We don't want to come off as biased, but for the well being of your yard we've got to tell it like it is. A lot of what is sold as compost is not really compost. It is more like mulch. Good compost is brown or black colored, sweet smelling, and contains no identifiable parts (twigs, leaves, bark, etc.). If you add improperly made compost, filled with un-composted parts, to the soil, it can actually take nutrients out of the soil and away from your plants while those parts finish decomposing. If you're curious whether compost is fully composted, take a handful and seal it in a zip lock bag. Place the bag in full sun for a day or two. If you smell ammonia when you open the bag, it is not mature compost.

Thrively compost tea revives your plants and makes 'em feel like dancing

Thrively compost tea is a perfectly nutritious mix of energetic goodness for lawns, vegetables, herbs, flowers, trees, shrubs, and houseplants. Like a cool drink on a warm evening, it'll revive your plants and make 'em feel like dancing. (Don't drink it yourself, but feel free to dance with your plants.) Contains enzymes, organic acids, amino acids, probiotics, detoxifiers, beneficial fungi and bacteria to rejuvenate and revitalize soil biology. For a loving, thriving lawn and garden.

  • Reverses the wicked impacts chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers have on your garden's beneficial microorganisms.
  • Helps your plants get their thrive on, especially in urban settings or when soil conditions are sketchy.
  • Promotes healthy soil biology, improves nutrient retention, brightens outlook.
  • When sprayed onto leaves, the beneficial bacteria and fungi gobble up food that disease-causing organisms might have otherwise used to prosper.

Thrively compost tea is available at the Squeaky Green Organics booth at Omaha's Farmer's Market in the Old Market on any Saturday from May 5 to October 13 (8 AM to 12:30 PM). The price is $10 per quart, buy two quarts get one quart free.

For large areas of your yard (lawn, trees, shrubs, rose gardens, flower gardens, vegetable gardens), your Squeaky Green Organics EcoCoach can apply Thrively compost tea in the spring, summer, and fall (or at your direction). We'll brew a custom batch of compost tea using ingredients to address the unique needs of your soil and plants. For certain situations, a fungi-dominated tea is ideal, but sometimes a beneficial-bacteria dominated tea is better. Prices start at $0.03 per square foot. Call 402-575-7988 or use request a quote and get more information about Thrively compost tea. Help your plants get their thrive on. It's tea time in your garden!