wORM cASTINGS AND tEA
What are worm castings?
Worm castings, also known as vermicompost are the droppings of a worm. These droppings are one of the world’s greatest natural fertilizer! Castings contain beneficial microbes and enzymes such as phosphate and cellulose! Worm castings are rich in microbial life which converts nutrients already present in the soil into plant-available forms.
Quality castings filled with microbes, takes approximately three months to conjure up from the worm bin! Leaving the castings in the worm bin for ninety days, ensures large growth of microorganisms, beneficial to your plant lawn and more!
Worm Castings do not smell unlike normal compost! This is due to the worms reducing the greenhouse gasses given off by normal compost. It is one of the highest ranked soil amendments on the market for gardening. Notable for its natural creation by worms, there are no chemicals involved in creating castings. Use 1 parts worm castings to 4 parts growing medium. Do not worry about excess being used, plants will not burn!
Another unique feature about worm castings is they are alive! Soil as well is alive and the key to having a healthy plan/lawn is having healthy soil!
Benefits broken down by category:
- Improves soil aeration
- Enriches soil with micro-organisms (adding enzymes such as phosphatase and cellulose)
- Microbial activity in worm castings is 10 to 20 times higher than in the soil and organic matter that the worm ingests
- Attracts deep-burrowing earthworms already present in the soil
- Improves water holding capacity
- Enhances germination, plant growth, and crop yield
- Improves root growth and structure
- Enriches soil with micro-organisms such as auxin and gibberellic acid
- Bio wastes conversion reduces waste flow to landfills
- Helps to close the "metabolic gap" through recycling waste on-site
- Production reduces greenhouse gas emissions such as methane and nitric oxide
What is worm tea?
Worm tea is NOT the liquid that collects in the bottom of a worm system. That is called leachate. Worm tea is a form of aerated liquid fertilizer using worm castings and water. Worm tea is easily created and can be done at home. It is a fun and safe project for those who love gardening and green lawns!
When the microbes from the worm castings mix with the water through “Steeping” (Steeping- to soak an object, in water or other liquid to extract the flavor or use of the object.)
This can only occur through human intervention. This is a simple process used in making worm tea by aerating the water with a bubbler and letting it sit for twenty-four hours.
Letting it sit for a period of time, while being aerated, will give the solution a chance to extract as many minerals and microorganisms as possible from the worm castings!
The purpose of worm tea is to speed up the growth rate of the microbes to multiply their numbers exponentially so that they may be delivered to the plant in a more rapid, absorptive liquid state. Worm castings are more of a time-released process, which slowly releases organisms into the ground.
How do I use worm tea?
Video soon to come.
Currently we supply Big Country Landscaping with worm casting in which they use for top spreading and planting! Visit their facebook page here:
If you have seen or purchased a bag of Jersey Worms’ All Natural Worm Castings, you may notice we do not use clear bags. Our bags are also not seal tight. This is because, unlike other soil amendments, worm castings are alive! All living organisms need to breath and if it is packaged in a seal tight bag/container, it will suffocate and will not produce the same results as fresh castings. Secondly, the microbes in our castings do not mix well with direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can reduce the effects worm castings will have on a plant and may also kill the microbes.