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Worm Castings

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Premium Diet

Worm castings are already great for gardens but we feed a specially formulated diet to our worms to produce a higher quality, premium casting. A portion of their diet includes North Atlantic sea kelp, malted barley, alfalfa, karanja meal and basalt that contains amino acids, minerals and nutrients that will help support plant health and create a living soil.

Benefits

Plants Grow Faster – Seeds germinate faster in worm castings than in regular soil. In addition to speeding up the germination process, plants will also sprout up faster with worm castings.

Soil Aeration – Due to the physical structure of the castings, they’re extremely difficult to pack down like regular dirt. This means oxygen will be able to make it’s way through the soil to the roots of your plants, which improves growth.

Water Retention – When mixed with castings, soils have a better chance of holding onto essential water, using less water.

All-Natural – Worm castings are chemical-free, contain no artificial pesticides, and can be used in growing organic produce.

Burn-Proof – One common problem with a lot of fertilizers is that they are too high in nitrogen. This makes it easier to burn the roots of your plants if you put too much on.

Natural Resistance – You may see an increase natural pest-resistance with plants grown in castings, avoiding the use of chemicals on crops.

Increased Yield – The healthy nutrients that plants need are water-soluble and can be absorbed right away. Worm castings can fill in nutritional gaps in your plants.

How do I use worm castings?

To use worm castings as a soil amendment, blend the castings with potting soil. Typically, castings make up 20-25% of the total soil volume for container plants. You can also add it to garden soil when planting annuals, perennials, vegetables, trees, and shrubs. Use it as a fertilizer by lightly topdressing houseplants or spreading ½ inch around the base of flowers and vegetables. Avoid letting the worm castings come into direct contact with stems or trunks.

What are worm castings?

Composting with worms (also called vermicomposting) is usually done with 3 types of worms; Eisenia fetida (red wiggler), Eisenia hortensis (European nightcrawler), Perionyx excavatus (blues). Their specialized digestive systems convert food waste and other organic materials to a nutrient-rich compost called vermicast or worm castings. Worms thrive in an aerobic (with air) environments. They are able to process large amounts of food waste and rapidly reproduce in a confined space.

We sell 2 of the composting worms together, E. hortensis and Perionyx excavatus as they are able to occupy the same worm bed. In fact, they can make almost ideal companions since the former tends to live very close to the surface while the latter tends to prefer the increased moisture levels in the lower regions. This combination produces worm castings year round in our Florida climate.

Why should I use worm castings?

Except for water and sunlight, nothing could be more natural for your garden than worm castings. Worm castings provides many beneficial microorganisms and nutrients to the soil, including beneficial bacteria, fungi, and protozoa as well as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

Are all worm castings the same?

Depending on what the earthworm is fed will determine the quality of the castings. For example, if worms are fed only one ingredient, say lettuce, they can only process the nutrients and minerals that are found in lettuce. This is as opposed to worms that are fed a complete, well-balanced diet.

Bottom line: what goes in, is what comes out.

How many pounds of worm castings should I use in my raised bed garden?

For an existing 4' x 4' bed approximately 30 lb. bag, for a 4' x 8' bed approximately two 30 lb. bags, gently work into the top 4 or 5 inches of soil careful not to disturb roots.


Application

Potting mixes/seed flatsMix 1 part worm castings to 3 parts potting mix. 

Flower beds, shrubs, roses, vegetables—Top dress with 1 to 3 inches of worm castings and incorporate into the soil with a fork or spade. 

House Plants—Spread ½ to 1 inch of castings around established plants and scratch into the soil, every 2-3 months. 

New Lawns— Apply 10 pounds to 100 square feet. Work lightly into the topsoil. 

Established Lawns and Greens—Top dress at 4 pounds to 100 square feet.

Perennials—Top dress 1 to 3 inches in spring, early summer, and fall. 

All plants and vegetables—Apply every 30 days. 

New plants in pots—Mix 10% worm castings with any potting soil, then add ½ inch layer on top before planting. 

Plants already in pots—Scratch the top of the soil. Add ½ inch layer of worm castings on top and water thoroughly. 

Worm Tea—Soak 1 part worm castings in 3 parts of water for 24 hours or more - mixing several times. Use immediately.

Apply one - 8 ounce cup of tea per plant every 30 days or add 4 ounces of tea to 1 gallon of water for use as a foliar spray. Apply every 30-60 days.

Worm Castings

Worm Castings

Worm castings are the richest natural fertilizer known to humans, by simply applying a ½ inch top dressing of pure worm castings can provide enough nutrients to feed your plants for more than two months. Worm castings stimulate plant growth more than any other natural product on the market and unlike artificial fertilizers, it is absorbed easily and immediately by plants without the risk of nitrogen burn.

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Premium Diet

Worm castings are already great for gardens but we feed a specially formulated diet to our worms to produce a higher quality, premium casting. A portion of their diet includes North Atlantic sea kelp, malted barley, alfalfa, karanja meal and basalt that contains amino acids, minerals and nutrients that will help support plant health and create a living soil.

Benefits

Plants Grow Faster – Seeds germinate faster in worm castings than in regular soil. In addition to speeding up the germination process, plants will also sprout up faster with worm castings.

Soil Aeration – Due to the physical structure of the castings, they’re extremely difficult to pack down like regular dirt. This means oxygen will be able to make it’s way through the soil to the roots of your plants, which improves growth.

Water Retention – When mixed with castings, soils have a better chance of holding onto essential water, using less water.

All-Natural – Worm castings are chemical-free, contain no artificial pesticides, and can be used in growing organic produce.

Burn-Proof – One common problem with a lot of fertilizers is that they are too high in nitrogen. This makes it easier to burn the roots of your plants if you put too much on.

Natural Resistance – You may see an increase natural pest-resistance with plants grown in castings, avoiding the use of chemicals on crops.

Increased Yield – The healthy nutrients that plants need are water-soluble and can be absorbed right away. Worm castings can fill in nutritional gaps in your plants.

Common Questions

How do I use worm castings?

To use worm castings as a soil amendment, blend the castings with potting soil. Typically, castings make up 20-25% of the total soil volume for container plants. You can also add it to garden soil when planting annuals, perennials, vegetables, trees, and shrubs. Use it as a fertilizer by lightly topdressing houseplants or spreading ½ inch around the base of flowers and vegetables. Avoid letting the worm castings come into direct contact with stems or trunks.

What are worm castings?

Composting with worms (also called vermicomposting) is usually done with 3 types of worms; Eisenia fetida (red wiggler), Eisenia hortensis (European nightcrawler), Perionyx excavatus (blues). Their specialized digestive systems convert food waste and other organic materials to a nutrient-rich compost called vermicast or worm castings. Worms thrive in an aerobic (with air) environments. They are able to process large amounts of food waste and rapidly reproduce in a confined space.

We sell 2 of the composting worms together, E. hortensis and Perionyx excavatus as they are able to occupy the same worm bed. In fact, they can make almost ideal companions since the former tends to live very close to the surface while the latter tends to prefer the increased moisture levels in the lower regions. This combination produces worm castings year round in our Florida climate.

Why should I use worm castings?

Except for water and sunlight, nothing could be more natural for your garden than worm castings. Worm castings provides many beneficial microorganisms and nutrients to the soil, including beneficial bacteria, fungi, and protozoa as well as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

Are all worm castings the same?

Depending on what the earthworm is fed will determine the quality of the castings. For example, if worms are fed only one ingredient, say lettuce, they can only process the nutrients and minerals that are found in lettuce. This is as opposed to worms that are fed a complete, well-balanced diet.

Bottom line: what goes in, is what comes out.

How many pounds of worm castings should I use in my raised bed garden?

For an existing 4' x 4' bed approximately 30 lb. bag, for a 4' x 8' bed approximately two 30 lb. bags, gently work into the top 4 or 5 inches of soil careful not to disturb roots.