Earthworm Castings better known as worm castings are the excretions deposited by worms after they digest organic material. This process is called vermicomposting and its the most efficient way of reducing kitchen and yard waste. The most common worm used to produce earthworm castings is the red wiggler. They can eat half their weight in food a day.
Benefits of Worm Castings
Worm castings make excellent soil amendment and plant growth enhancer. They are odorless, clean and can be used in any environment to enhance the growth of your plants.
Worm castings do not burn your plants and can be applied at the root zone or by foliar application.
Worm castings have millions of beneficial microbes and soil organisms which help your plants absorb the micro and macro nutrients in your soil. These microbes and soil organisms help restore and revitalize your soil.
Using Earthworm Castings
Worm castings can be used as early as when you start your seeds indoors. It will enhance the size and growth of your seedlings. The ideal ratio is 1 part worm castings to 4 parts soil.
Worm casting can be applied to existing plants soil either by top dressing or mixing in with soil. Top dressing would let the nutrients soak down when you water. Should add worm castings every 2-3 months.
You can also make worm tea with worm castings. Worm tea is made by soaking 2-3 tablespoons of worm castings in oxygenated water overnight. Apply worm tea by foliar spray.