Worm castings can very well be the best fertilizer in the world. They can be used in gardens, potted plants and lawns. Worm castings are extremely rich in beneficial microbes and do wonders in the garden. Plus, worms themselves do a lot to help maintain soil health simply by living in it! The leaves in your garden help break up the clay soil, and they inspire earthworms to multiply on their own, so your plants get the benefits of earthworm castings naturally left in the garden along with the worms aerating the soil with their burrowing.
So, what are worm castings? Basically, they are the feces or poo of worms and are also known as vermicast. Worm eats through compost made up of kitchen wastes, fruit and veggie scraps and other organic matters and the produce a crumbly organic poo that is rich in nutrients.
To be effective and produce quality castings, you need to use a composting worms like red wigglers. There are other kinds of composting worms like Alabama jumpers and European night crawlers, but I find red wigglers the best. These creatures live near the surface of the soil where they can easily help in the decomposition process of organic matters.
Worm castings are great because they are a super soil enricher. They can improve soil aeration and increase water retention. By stimulating plants to produce certain hormones, they are able to repel pest like spider mites and aphids that feed on them. This amazing poo can enhance plant health, growth and fruit yield. And unlike other organic and chemical fertilizers, you can use worm casting directly without burning the plants.
You can mix them with garden soil or use them to make worm tea, which can be used for watering your plants, either way you can expect a bountiful harvest.
Here’s what Pablo Solomon, a known international artist and green designer has to say about worm castings:
“I like to use worm castings. Earthworms are great for your compost pile as they digest table scraps–no
meat–just vegetable matter. And they are a near perfect fertilizer.
You can use the castings in 3 ways–
1. Just use the soil you have created in the compost pile in which the earthworms live.
2. Mix the castings into your existing soil.
3. Put the castings into a bucket of water, let them dissolve and water your plants with the solution.”
And if you happen to love fishing… no problem, just grab a handful of free baits from your worm bin and off you go!
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