Vegan fertilizing has always been a problem for me. Since I don't know what to use, I generally don't do it. But my friend Ariel, who gardens for a living, told me about making compost tea. I thought I knew what this was, but apparently I didn't and now I'm psyched about it. So basically, when you mix compost and water together to make tea, you need to aerate it to grow microbes that will help your soil and your plants. Apparently just adding water to compost isn't enough. Aerated compost tea is supposed to be this amazing stuff, even better than applying straight up compost. I am going for it and buying all the equipment today. I've done research and it should only cost about 25 bucks to put one together, even cheaper if you can find a lidded 5 gallon bucket for free.
Anyone done this or want to do it with me? You can find articles about it all over the web, I'm making the kind that uses an aquarium pump.
The link will open a .pdf that explains everything, complete with photos. http://dchall.home.texas.net/organic/teamaker/PDFs/brewer.pdf