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Worm Castings – 5-gallon bag
Worm castings are castings from worms, mainly earthworms, also called vermicast. Some people like to refer to precisely what it is – worm poo! While some may find this as disgusting more homeowners and landscapers are turning to this product because of the beneficial factors involved. The worm poo contains bacteria, enzymes and lots of humus which most soils lack. As the castings are scattered around the plants or soil where one chooses to grow plants the castings will dissolve into the ground and provide the nutrients where it has been lacked which in turn helps the plants grow better.
Worm castings are an excellent source of nutrients for plants to use. Worm castings, also known as vermicast, is the byproducts that worms produce after consumption of the soil they reside in. This form of organic fertilizer can be easily made by any beginner gardener. It is the metabolism of the earthworm’s intestinal tract that does all the work and produces all the essential nutrients your plants will crave. By this way, worms create an optimal environment for soil enrichment. The worm castings are spindle-shaped, like a football, and they help improve the soil alteration and drainage which is essential for excellent plant health. Worm castings are versatile because they can be used in multifaceted ways. They can be used as a top dressing, side dressing, or mixed into the original soil to improve the longevity of the original manure. Making worm castings requires minimal effort since much of the work will be done by our ecosystem friendly earthworm. Worm boxes can be used to hold the worms with the compost. You can purchase a worm bin with holes or drill them into an existing bin yourself, and place your earthworms with the compost within the container. An essential requirement for the worm bin is that it needs to be around 8 to 12 inches deep. The reason behind having a shallow bin is to prevent odors from becoming problematic. Kitchen scraps, garden waste, manure, or leaf litter can all be added to the bin along with the worms. Once the earthworms have begun digesting the material they will produce the worm castings which can be collected by either sorting through the compost or by dumping out the vermicompost bin and recollecting the earthworms to be placed in another bin. The most effective method is the dump-and-sort method. You begin by laying out newspaper and emptying the contents of the bin out on the floor. You recollect the worms into a new bin adding new worm food and using all the vermicompost for all your gardening needs. Organic worm castings are an excellent alternative to buying manure at your local home improvement store and an excellent way to produce happy and healthy plants.