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An Introduction to Worm Castings

Are you wondering if worm castings will benefit your garden? Maybe you are curious to find out if they are worth it.

Well, worm castings have benefits that go far beyond just helping grow healthy plants. They also help our soil and create a more robust Soil Food Web.

You can’t have a sustainable farm or garden without healthy soils.
You simply need worm castings. Below we outline the top 10 benefits of them, explain why you need them for your farm or garden — and tell you where to find them.

What Are Worm Castings?

Worm castings are basically earthworm waste. They are worm poo — also known as organic fertilizer produced by earthworms. 

Worm castings are full of nutrients that are essential for plants and enrich the soil those plants grow in.

Using this type of fertilizer is easy. You can apply it to the top of the plant, the side, or work it throughout the soil. It can be used directly on the plant — and you don’t have to worry about it burning them. 

Benefits of Worm Castings

Worm castings are 100% pure! They are chock-full of the richest, most organic plant food and contain beneficial microbes that help the plant fight off disease.

Another benefit is that there is not a strong chemical or manure scent, and they won’t burn your plants due to too much nitrogen exposure.

Worm castings are fantastic for helping keep your plants moist and the soil around them absorbent. They prevent the ground from drying out.

Not to mention, castings also contain humic acid that helps plants better absorb their nutrients.

Craigslist or Farmer’s Markets

You may find worm castings on Criagslist, but unfortunately, it’s very hit or miss.

Most local producers sell worm castings as a side gig. They keep worms in their garage and feed them compost and table scraps. Then they bag up the castings and sell them on Craigslist or other online classifieds.

This is a great place to look for a deal, but you never know what you are getting. It might be nothing more than compost — a far inferior product.

Big Box & Hardware Stores

It’s tempting to run to a big box store or your local hardware store for a bag of worm castings. The easy access, smaller containers, and price make it almost too good to be true.

And it is!

Most of these stores only carry low-quality castings — red wiggler worm castings. And if you need more than 30 lbs, the store won’t have enough. They only offer smaller quantities.

But you have other options. There are producers out there who offer better quality at a comparable price.

Local Garden Centers

When you’re looking for quality worm castings, you may want to check out your local garden stores. In some cities, you’ll find small stores that specialize in gardening supplies.

This is often your best bet to find high-quality worm castings. Specialty gardening stores have all kinds of things in stock, including soil amendments and worm castings.

Do you live in North GA or Chattanooga, TN? Give us a call or stop by to pick up high-quality worm castings — we even sell in bulk!