Worm castings are taking the gardening and farming world by storm, especially those that pride themselves on high quality and organic results. If you’re wondering what worm castings are and how to use them, we have some short answers and a few long ones as well.
Worm castings have the potential to change the way you take care of every plant you own. Knowing how to use them gives you the power of a green thumb, so let’s get to it.
Simply put, worm castings are worm poop. There may be a more polite way to put it, but we’re just going to be straightforward here so you know exactly what you’re dealing with. As earthworms eat through soil and compost, what they leave behind is incredibly rich in nutrients and humic acid.
When you use worm castings in your fertilizer, you are giving your plants all they need to grow (other than water), even in difficult soil with an unbalanced pH. Worm castings are a perfect little gift from nature.
There are a couple of ways that you can use worm castings to encourage your garden to flourish. Success is all about finding what works for you, and what you’re growing/farming.
Pack it Into the Soil: For thousands of years, plants that sprung forth from soil rich in earthworms have been known to thrive. It didn’t take long to make a connection to the two, but it’s interesting that worm castings have shot to popularity somewhat recently.
By including worm castings directly in your soil, your plants will reap the benefits quickly, even if you live in an area where the soil is less than accommodating. You won’t have to use pesticides either, because worm castings are rich in oily residue that keep pests away from your plants.
House Plants: Worm castings in very small amounts (as small as a teaspoon), will help your houseplants stay healthy all year long. Simply sprinkle it into the plant soil and watch them stay happy and bug-free!
Greenhouses: Known for keeping away diseases that are commonly found among plants grown in greenhouses, worm castings are a popular choice for those who grow a wide variety of plants all year long. Packing the soil of each plant in your greenhouse with a few worm castings will chase plant disease away and eliminate the need for chemicals.
Farming: If you’re a farmer, you may need castings delivered by the truckload, but it’s worth it. They naturally hold moisture, so you’ll water your crops less. Also, mixing worm castings in with the crop soil will fuel production and keep you organic!
When you first start out with worm castings, it’s best to mix it directly in with the soil, as described in the above situations. The general rule (or recipe, if you will) is one part worm castings to two or four parts soil.
Some choose to make worm castings tea, by mixing worm castings, water, and molasses. This can be bottled and sprayed onto your plants.
No matter which method you choose, worm castings are sure to leave you with a beautiful garden this summer. Come see us and get our special soil made with worm castings: www.windwoodbulk.com/directions