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The Benefits of Worm Castings on Garden Soil and Plants

If you are looking for a safer and better alternative to use as fertilizer as opposed to the chemical-based products madsmall-plant2e today, then you might want to use worm castings also known as vermicompost for supplementing your garden soil and plants. Castings from composting worms have been recognized as a natural fertilizer that is packed with a lot of nutrients and minerals. Worm castings contains minerals such as concentrated nitrates, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. Worm castings are also a 100% organic fertilizer that can increase a plant’s yield, protect both soil and plants from diseases, and help the soil retain moisture.

If you want a constant supply of worm castings than you should definitely consider starting your own little worm farm with Red worms. Red worms live and eat off of the2014-10-06-wormb organic wastes that are fed to them (you can supply them with household scraps that have been collected from your kitchen or yard). The vermicomposting process allows these productive worm species to breakdown the decaying remains into a richer source of organic fertilizer (worm castings). And since the natural debris have already been broken down by the worms through digestion, the added nutrients that you supply to your plants or gardens can be absorbed immediately (unlike the soil application of chemical fertilizers and animal compost that needs to be broken down before the plants can start absorbing it).

Vermicompost is typically composed of water-soluble plant nutrients, good bacteria, enzymes, organic scraps, and days old animal compost. With all these organic elements this compost helps increase the soils capacity to retain water and nutrients because of the worm’s mucus and mineral clusters that the worms leave behind, also known as aggregates. The soil is also kept healthy because earthworm compost hosts more healthy microbes into the system. Worm compost also helps keep the soil pure by removing damaging organisms such as fungus and bacteria. Like that classic movie line “if you build it, they will come”, the moist environment that having worm compost in your gardens will attract even more worms into the system. The more worms there are, in your garden, the more fertile it will be.compost3-300x300

So as you can see worm castings are beneficial in more ways than one and make a great additive for your garden soil and plants. When the soil is healthy, your plants will be able to gain more from it and the soil will be able to provide what the plants need. A healthy soil base that is also free from diseases and harmful pesticides will be able to keep the plants rooted in it protecting them from possible ailments as well. Vermicompost can also be used as a form of pest repellent. So like I mentioned early, if you want to start reaping the many benefits that worm castings will provide for your garden and plants start worm farming today! If you are not ready to start worm farming then we got you covered with our very own “black gold”.

10 comments on “The Benefits of Worm Castings on Garden Soil and Plants

  • I’ve bought worms the past 3 years and each year they have just disappeared by summer’s end. I live in the upper West desert area in Arizona and have a lot of gopher problems. I use the vibrator sticks to help keep them out of my flower and garden areas, could the vibrations be affecting the worms also? Please help.

  • rene taypoc says:

    worm activity can be distracted from vibrations but if only few hours in a day it will be fine.. if you want to propagate your worms check twice a week if moisture condition is ok. never leave it dry or they locate for better places and if they cant, they will just die.. keep feeding with degredable or decaying matters, (left over,peelings, and uprooted weeds that will decay).

  • Great article on the benefits of worm castings!
    I can personally say that what you state in the article is very true, I have been using my own in house worm castings for 4 or 5 years now front seed starting to gardening throughout the season. I see healthier plant starts, Healthier plant growth including longevity and increased yields by using the castings in the garden during the growing season. I have even used them to repair dead spots in my lawn that nothing else worked on. Great article!

  • I am starting a big garden and I’m going to buy your worms, and was wondering for my soil what can I add so that the worms can have food but not hurt my plants?

  • These natural fertilizers are very helpful to plants. Thank you for sharing this article. Really helpful and informative. Hope to read more from you.

    • Hello David!

      We would not recommend that you add them to the worm bin. There are no studies on this but it is not worth taking the chance since the Desert Rose does contain toxins.

  • I’m trying to make my garden nicer instead of using manure, do you think worms would be better fertilizer?

  • I want to become a gardener, I think I should use manure for fertilizer because I don’t have worms. Is that okay?

  • Hi! I am starting a garden, and right now i’m using my cows manure as fertilizer, but I saw that worms are better fertilizer, and wanted to try silt fencing and worms, but what type of worms are best?


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