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  1. I Jill!

    I would recommend going to a pet supply store for your air pump. Somewhere that carries larger fish aquariums, and get the largest one they sell. Having 2 or more outlets is better, but I wouldn’t have more than 4. You can buy splitters for this purpose as well. I use the air stones from aquariums for bubbles as well. Basically, the smaller the bubbles the better, but that takes pressure. If there are too many outlets the pump won’t be able to push the air through the stones. I have purchased pumps online specifically for compost tea and found them loud and no more efficient, thats why I recommend a good pet store. I have a couple stones just in the brew and one in the cheesecloth with the compost.

    As far as recourses, there are countless webpages and youtube videos out there. Compost tea is part science and part…..witches brew.. for lack of a better term. Once you do it a couple of times, then you’ll just be tweeking your system. If it smells like good compost and has a head on it like a good stout, it’ll be good. If you want to add one thing or another for your specific garden (bacterial or fungal, indoor or outdoor), you can find that info as well. I hope this helps. Good luck and keep me posted! Thanks!

  2. Hi,

    I am interested in making compost tea from my vermicomposting worm castings. I am wondering where I can buy the pump to circulate air through the water. Also, could you recommend some resources (books, websites etc.) where I could learn more about making compost tea?

    Thanks so much!

  3. Hi Laurie, yes those little fruit flies can be a huge issue. I have battled them a few times. A few things I do: 1. Freeze the food and thaw it out before feeding the worms.
    2. Make sure all food is burried both new food and left over from previous feedings.
    3. Keep a 4-6″ layer of dry shredded news paper on top to “hide” the compost from the flies. When I feed them I remove the dry paper and mix in the wet paper and then add a bit more dry on top to keep that thickness.
    I have a couple other tricks to combat them. Apple cider vinegar works well. Thanks for the question.

  4. I had a worm compost, and it was great….but…how do I stop the “mini” flies?!! It was a real problem.

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