About Worm Castings, part 1

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About Worm Castings

We have known for hundreds of years that earthworms are the best way to improve plant growth and to increase plant yield, such as fruit. Earthworm castings are a wonder product of nature. So if you care about your soil and your plants, then now is the time to get rid of your Miracle Gro and to use this 100% organic product.

Earthworm castings are an all purpose natural fertilizer that comes to you straight from nature with no alterations. Our night crawlers are fed a very rich organic material which contains a wide variety of minerals and trace elements. The earthworms digest this material and in its’ passage through the worm, it is beneficially altered both chemically and physically. The end product is “super humus” an extremely fertile organic fertilizer, properly conditioned for best root growth, containing in proper proportions and water soluble form, all the elements required for optimum.

Earthworm castings, as stated, contain rich proportions of water soluble nutrients. This is a primary reason for being able to provide incredible results. Earthworm castings allow plants to quickly and easily absorb all essential nutrients and trace elements. This is possible because the earthworm grinds and uniformly mixes the nutrients and trace elements in simple forms, so plants need only minimal effort to process them. This is not the case with most other natural fertilizers. They may have many nutrients, but the ability of plants to optimally use them is limited because they are not broken down to the degree in which the earthworm is able to provide them.

As well as an abundance of available nutrients, earthworm castings also provide a perfect mix of nutrients that are not readily available, but present for long term nutritional needs. This allows plants to feed as needed for weeks and months at a time, depending on the plant.

Chemical fertilizers usually provide only available synthetic nutrients, much of which are quickly lost into the soil with watering, as a plants’ roots system can only absorb so much. Chemical fertilizers are most often detrimental to soil microbiology, bypassing and often destroying much of its beneficial microbial and bacterial activity. Many of these synthetic nutrients are absorbed into your plants and food. Chemical fertilizer and pesticide use in both farms and gardens have become our country’s leading cause of water pollution.

Another point in favor of earthworm castings is the high concentration of beneficial bacteria and microbes added to them by the earthworm in the digestive process. These microscopic creatures help different elements of the soil work in conjunction with each other to create healthy, working soil that provides the best possible atmosphere for optimum growth.

Yet another benefit of earthworm castings is their ability to improve soil structure. These miniature football shaped particles improve aeration of the soil as they don’t pack together. This allows roots the ability to grow fast and fibrous which promotes rapid plant growth. It also allows for excellent drainage in soil so roots don’t become waterlogged. While improving aeration, earthworm castings also increase the soil’s water retention capacity as they contain absorbent organic matter that holds only the necessary amounts of water needed by the roots, while their shape allows unnecessary water to easily drain.

The simple fact is that earthworm castings were created by nature for the purpose of promoting optimum plant growth and everything required to provide it, is found in them. When you provide this odorless, non-burning miracle of nature in greater concentrations than usually found in nature, the results are truly spectacular.

Worm castings are the richest natural fertilizer known to humans. That’s right: as little as a tablespoon of pure worm castings provides enough organic plant nutrients to feed a 6” potted plant for more than two months. Worm castings stimulate plant growth more than any other natural product on the market. Unlike animal manure and artificial fertilizers it is absorbed easily and immediately by plants. But worm castings don’t only stimulate plant growth they also enhance the ability of our soil to retain water (because of its texture), and it even inhibits root diseases such as root.

Worm Castings – What Are They? How Do They Work?” Tasteful Garden. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2013. <http://www.tastefulgarden.com/store/pc/worm-casting-d114.htm

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