What are worm castings?
Worm castings are an organic form of fertilizer produced from earthworms. Also known as vermicast, worm castings manure is essentially earthworm waste.
Why use worm castings?
- They reduce your dependence on chemicals
- Lower your cost of production
- Increase yields
- Can be applied directly to plants without burning them out
Worms are nature's ultimate recyclers—taking garbage in and turning out black gold. As they eat through compost, their waste creates an optimal soil enricher.
Castings are Mother Nature's purest form of a sustained release plant food and are gentle enough that they can be applied directly to sensitive plant roots without fear of burning and they supply magnesium, phosphates, calcium, potassium, and potash, along with micro-nutrients and trace elements.
The worms will speed up the composting process and you will see a huge improvement in the size and growth of vegetable seedlings and transplants by using castings.
How to make your own worm compost system
One of the best parts of having a worm compost system is it is self-contained and nearly odorless.
It’s a simple process. You can use plastic storage bins, galvanized tubs or wood.
All of the materials have their pros and cons; rubber is cheap, easy to use and durable. Galvanized tubs can be costly but will last forever. Wood will eventually be eaten, and plastic cracks easily, but either of the materials will get the job done.
Do keep in mind if you decide to use wood you want to make sure that the wood is not chemically treated because it can be harmful to your worms and compost.
Did You Know?
Red wigglers dont have eyes and breathe through their skin.
Having two sex organs, you can breed them even if you only have one worm.
Red wigglers will generally eat their own weight daily.
Most worms probably live and die within the same year.However they are said to double every 90 days.