In our Garden Center, we carry a huge supply of Worm Castings, sold by the pound or in bulk or tote bags.
Bring your own bucket or bag or buy one of ours.
Whether you buy one pound of worm castings or one hundred, they are just the ticket for building an abundant garden.
(AKA: worm humus or worm manure)
Created by millions of red worms to naturally enhance the quality of home, garden, or professional soils.
Mix 10-20% into soil, or apply directly to the surface around plants.
Organic worm castings are safe, even for the most sensitive plants!
The most common questions that we get about worm castings are:
What do they look like?
What do they smell like?
What is their texture?
A: Like dirt.
How do they perform in my garden?
A: Like turbo-charged dirt!
"Vermicompost is the product of composting utilizing various species of worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and earthworms to create a heterogeneous mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast. Vermicast, also known as worm castings, worm humus or worm manure, is the end product of the breakdown of organic matter by species of earthworm.
The earthworm species (or composting worms) most often used are Red Wigglers (Eisenia foetida or Eisenia andrei), though European nightcrawlers (Eisenia hortensis) could also be used. Red wigglers are recommended by most vermiculture experts as they have some of the best appetites and breed very quickly. Users refer to European nightcrawlers by a variety of other names, including dendrobaenas, dendras, and Belgian nightcrawlers.
Containing water-soluble nutrients, vermicompost is a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner."
Benefits of vermiculture include:
- It recycles nutrients from food back into the foodweb instead of piling food waste into landfills;
- It extends the life of landfills by recycling food waste;
- Worm castings (manure) are rich in nutrients, making them an ideal plant food;
- In soil, castings hold water and release nutrients in a form well-suited to plants;
- Castings are a concentrated fertilizer that is most efficiently used as a portion of a planting mix, but still won’t “burn”plants if applied more heavily;
- Laboratory trails show that even 10% vermicomposting in potting mix improves germination rates, plant growth, appearance and fruiting;
- Castings contain plant growth hormones that provide an energy “kick”to plants;
- It is a low-tech solution to organic solid waste disposal.
- Save money on fertilizer!
(Source: UMass Dartmouth Campus Vermiculture Project
Visit Benefits of Compost to learn more.
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