Earthworm castings have mulitple benefits for your garden
If you are trying to reduce your dependence on chemicals and grow healthier garden crops, then earthwom castings will help you do the job. Earthworm castings are terrific fertilizers and also have some natural protection against fungal disease. A whole spectrum of nutrients are found in the castings that you cannot get with an chemical fertilizer.
The castings are usually made using red wiggler earthworms who digest organic material and excrete these tiny pellets filled with the right stuff. This end product is "super humus" which is extremely fertile top soil properly conditioned for best root growth, containing in rich proportion and water soluble form, all the elements required of the earth for optimum plant nutrition because they contain rich proportions of water-soluble nutrients. Worm castings allow plants to quickly and easily absorb all essential nutrients and trace elements in simple forms, so plants need only minimal effort to obtain them.
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. Another benefit is the ability to improve soil structure. It allows for excellent drainage in soil so roots don't become waterlogged or develop root rot, while also increasing the soil's water retention capacity as they contain absorbent organic matter that holds only the necessary amounts of water needed by the roots and their shape allows unnecessary water to easily drain.
Worm castings are also an effective way to repel white flies, aphids and spider mites & any pest that feeds on plant juices. According to recent studies, applying earthworm castings to the soil around your plants increases the production of a certain enzyme that is offensive to these insects.
So what's not to like here. A perfect fertilizer, soil conditioner and pest controler!
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at June 15, 2010 2:40 PM