Worm castings..... ah, the wonderful, miraculous END result of worm composting. Yes, it is literally the end result it is worm poop or as we call it in the worm field: vermicompost.
Here is how it all works:
We give our fruit/vegetable scraps to our worms
The worms turn it into castingsWe use the castings as a natural fertilizer on our gardenand the cycle starts over again.
Castings are often compared to expensive slow release fertilizers. Because they stay alive in the soil, they release nurtients long term. They contain beneficial nutrients but also contain live organisms that will not only nourish your plants but also serve as a pesticide and antifungal.
In the opinion of this author, worm castings are a win/win. Natural fertilizer and pesticide all in one. NO nasty chemicals that I would not want to expose my family to. YUCK.
So how can you use it? Several options:
- As a top dressing : just scratch or hand mix it into the surface of the ground around your plant and water it in.
- As part of a
for seedlings or new plants. I recommend 50% castings with 50% peat moss or coconut coir.
Worm Compost Tea
to use as a root drench or folier spray. This is by far the most recommended method among gardeners for its fast results.
How can you NOT use it.... you can't go wrong unless you simply don't use it.
Here is another link to a Compost Tea Recipe
Harvesting your Earthworm Castings
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Do you need to know how to separate your worm casts from the worms?
Click here to got the page on harvesting,
it even has a video to help you along.
I do not sell worm casts but here is a good source if you are looking to buy some:
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