We feed our worms some of the same ingredients we put into our own soils. Worm castings are already great for gardens but we feed a specially formulated diet to our worms to produce higher quality, premium casting. Ingredients include Malted Barley, North Atlantic Sea Kelp, Alfalfa, Karanja Meal and Granite Dust containing amino acids, minerals and nutrients that will help support plant health and create a living soil.
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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.
No heavy metals – Worms actually have the ability toabsorb heavy metals like copper, lead, and cadmium from oil.
Burn-proof – One common problem with a lot offertilizers is that they are too high in nitrogen. This makes it easier to burnthe roots of your plants if you put too much on.
Natural pesticide – You’ll get natural pest-resistancewith plants grown in castings, avoiding the use ofchemicals 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.
Vegetables and annuals: Add 15-30% worm castings into soil mix depending on existing soil structure. Alternatively work 1-2 inches of worm castings in planting zones, garden and seed furrows. Set plant or seed cover with soil mix and lightly water. Side dress during the growing season with ½ to a full cup of worm castings per foot for each row every couple of months.
Perennials: Add 15-30% worm castings into soil mix depending on existing soil structure. Apply 1 inch of worm castings above the root zone once per year, cover lightly with soil or mulch and water. Take caution not to damage shallow roots while working the worm castings. Apply in spring and again in early fall.
Planting seeds, seedlings and transplanting potted plants: Add 10-25% worm castings into soil mix depending on existing soil structure.
Established potted plants: Add in ½ to an inch of worm castings to the surface of the soil and water. Monitor and repeat every couple of months.
New or transplanted roses, trees, shrubs and berries: Allow plant to recover from transplanting shock. Then lightly top dress with 1 inch of worm castings. Water well and monitor.
Established Roses: Gently, scratch in 2-4 cups of worm castings into 2-3 inches of soil around each plant once annually. For late fall application, mound roses with a 10-25% mix of worm castings to its soil structure 4-8 inches high. As the following spring approaches, spread mound evenly around the plant.
Worm Castings Tea: Submerge 1 lb of worm castings in 5 gallons of water for 24 hours and aerate. Use immediately Worm castings tea is excellent for flowering and fruiting, apply once a month needed. Monitor plants, trees and shrubs.
Together with our soil biologist we came up a Worm diet that consists of: North Atlantic Sea Kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum), Malted Barley Grains, Karanja Cake, Granite Dust, Alfalfa, Corn, in a bed of Florida Peat, and composted aged Horse manure.
Worms in the garden is always a good thing. Simply by tunneling throughout the soils, worms break up compacted earth so that water and air can circulate better. However, in the garden, worms can move around making it difficult to get the concentration of pure earthworm castings needed to make a difference. Being able to place pure castings in greater concentrations results in vigorous plant growth, improved physical character of soil, increased soil water retention capacity and improved aeration of soil.
Worms in your compost bin is a very good thing. Worms can not only reduce the volume of your waste and organic garbage but turn it into a rich soil amendment called Vermicompost (worm compost).
There is a difference between worm-compost and earthworm-castings. Let me explain. Earthworm castings come solely from the body of the earthworm. Earthworm compost will contain some earthworm castings in it, but also contains droppings from the multitude of other creatures that call your compost bin home, plus bits and pieces of organic matter in various stages of decomposition.
Earthworm castings are easy to use. This makes an excellent potting mix or mix to plant in the ground: 25% earthworm castings mixed with 75% soil is a common mix.
On established plants, simply sprinkle about 1/2-inch earthworm castings around the plant that is to be fed and fertilized. Work it into the soil lightly. That’s it! Be sure the earthworm castings you use are a pure, high-quality earthworm casting.
Earthworm castings are the material deposited by the earthworm after the material passes through the digestive track of
the worm (worm manure)
Except for water and sunlight, nothing could be more natural for your garden than earthworm castings. Not steer manure, not chicken manure, not even fish emulsion is as natural for your garden as earthworm castings! After all, when digging in your garden have you ever found a live cow, chicken, or fish? No, what you do find are live worms. Mother Nature created the mighty worm about 570 million years ago to care for her plant life by caring for the soil. As the earthworm eats its way through the soil, it takes in bits of soil and rotting or decaying plants (organic matter).
And what comes out is the richest food your plants will ever find yet will not burn a plant! Earthworms have the unique ability to increase the amount of nutrients and minerals in the soil by as much as 10 times the value of the plant debris there. These minerals and nutrients are properly conditioned for the best root growth and lush plant growth – plus it’s odor free!
It’s true all earthworm castings come out of the body of the earthworm. However, depending 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 necessarily what comes out.