Nature’s Self Sustaining Gardening Tip: What are Worm Castings?

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What are Worm Castings? Castings from worms are actually known as worm manure or poop. This wonderful worm end result, can be turned into a very good gardening supplement. Both European nightcrawlers and red wigglers can produce the same valuable resource too.

The European nightcrawler type and thered wiggler worms can both produce castings after they’ve digested their food. So anything organic that’s fed to them (like fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, crushed eggshells, newspaper shreds, dried leaves, etc.) becomes into worm humus later on. This is produced when decomposing organic materials are broken down.

What are Worm Castings good for?

Worm castings can be used as an organic fertilizer. It can also serve as a good food source for your plants (can be used as a potting mix for both indoor and outdoor plants), and as a soil amendment product. You also no longer have to worry about burning your plants, as this non-toxic material is purely non-toxic.

Worm poop can also offer a lot of benefits. Not only can it help the soil retain moisture, it also helps store nutrients. It’s definitely a harmless, eco-friendly way to turning and recycling your kitchen scraps and garden wastes into a free source of fertilizer. So other than being a great soil amendment and plant growth enhancer, it’s also acknowledged as the best compost for any gardeners use.

Worm compost can further help when it comes to plant growth, size, and bloom quality and quantity. Much like for flowers, their colors exude more after being used with this worm by-product. Fruits and vegetables on the other hand increases in yield when applied with castings from worms. Now soil that has been chemically damaged can also be brought back to its healthy state after being introduced to some good worm humus.

You can easily obtain this valuable material by harvesting worm castings from the worm bin. Other than that, castings from worms have no foul odor to them, are earthy in smell, and is crumbly to the touch. It’s basically nitrogen-rich and also contains other minerals and nutrients such as phosphates, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It also houses live and useful micro-organisms.

You can always keep a supply of fresh worm castings for your own personal use, at a very inexpensive way. So instead of buying from the market whenever you need some, then you can always choose to raise worms that can help produce these for you for free, and at any time. In this way, not only do you get a free garden enhancer, you also get to save the earth from further land pollution.

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