Worm castings have become a popular choice for home gardeners looking for an organic solution to fertilizing. And with good reason, they work incredibly well!
Worm castings are perfect for fertilizing all kinds of plants.
From flowers,vegetables, herbs, bushes, trees, bulbs and more, they contain the perfect balance of nutrients to power plants.
What Are Worm Castings?
Worm castings, or vermicast as it is also sometimes called, is a glamorous name for worm manure.
As worms work through soil, they chew through all types of organic materials. Those bits of organic material are broken down as they make their way through the digestive system of the worms.
The end result is worm castings. One of the most magical, rich and pure forms of manure that can be found.
Much like the manures of chicken, rabbit and other animals, worm castings are loaded with nutrients.
Nutrients like calcium, nitrogen, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Those minerals help to recharge the soil and power plants.
But what makes castings more impressive than other manures is that castings are much more stable and balanced. And, they slowly release their nutrients over time, not in one big dose.
If you were to put fresh chicken manure on a tomato plant, it would burn and kill the plant. Manure needs to be aged, diluted or composted before it can be used as a fertilizer.
But not the manure of worms. It can be used immediately without any danger to the plants. And in a myriad of ways.
Worm castings can be used as a soil additive when planting, or as a side or top-dressing after plants are in the ground.
They can also be soaked in water to create a liquid fertilizer that can be applied to the foliage or soil surrounding a plant for a quick boost.
How And Where To Use…
For garden transplants, a quarter cup of castings mixed in planting holes provides an excellent slow release fertilizer as plants begin to mature.
For seed planting, mix in furrows or trenches to help seeds grow into strong seedlings.
For shrubs, bushes and trees, mix in a few cups with the soil to provide a boost to roots as they heel into the soil. And for fall or spring bulbs, use a few teaspoons with ever bulb for stronger, brighter and healthier blooms.
You can even make a simple, but powerful liquid fertilizer. Just mix 1/2 cup of worm castings with 1 gallon of water. Let is soak for 24 hours, and then use to fertilize any of your vegetable plants, hanging baskets, containers or flowerbeds.
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