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Worm Castings

Post  Shep on Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:45 pm

Some years ago we began using worm castings at planting time in our potting soils (up to 20% of the mix) and also found it reduced the effects of transplant shock. We further discovered that when making a brewed tea of worm castings, and using it as a foliar spray, it acts as a white fly killer in greenhouse production. We liked using worm castings so much for so many reasons, that we started buying it in bulk. I purchased it in 1200 lb. lots - about half a pickup load - that came in large poly bags.

I have since done further research into Kansas based worm farms, and we continue to pursue the eventual goal of raising our own worms to produce worm castings on-farm for our own fertility raising efforts.

If you haven't tried using worm castings, I recommend you seriously consider it as an organic fertility enhancement, experiment with it, and see if you like using it as much as we do!

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Careful not to overdo

Post  Ben Stallings on Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:35 am

Careful not to overdo the worm castings, though! I kept an indoor worm bin for many years, and I found that the castings were too strong to use directly on my houseplants -- salt crystals would form on the surface of the soil, and the plants would turn yellow and die within a week. There may also have been something wrong with my castings, but in any case I recommend starting with low concentrations and mixing the soil thoroughly (or brewing tea as John suggests).

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