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What are Worm Castings?
This is 100% Organic Vermi-Compost also known as worm castings.
Worm castings are the result of worms converting their food into worm manure; which is called worm castings.
It takes approximately six months for worms to convert their food into worm castings. .
Mix 10-20% with soil or compost, such as Mushroom Mulch. Please provide 2 days order notice.
Vegetable Feed Worm Castings
Worm castings made from feeding worms with kitchen waste vegetables leftovers.
Bokashi Natural Farming Compost Feed Worm Castings
Bokashi Natural Farming Compost Feed Worm Castings are made as follows:
Bokashi Natural Farming Composting:
25% vegetable leftovers; 25% humanure & dog manure; 25% pigeon manure are decomposed using bokashi composting and natural farming ingredients methods; for approximately 2 to 4 weeks.
An anaerobic high heat composting decomposition process that also kills any pathogens is next that includes mixing Bokashi Natural Farming compost: 75%; with grass cuttings, sawdust or leaves and urine: 25%; including added Natural Farming Effective Microorganism additives; which lasts for 2 to 4 weeks.
The Bokashi Natural Farming and grass cuttings/sawdust compost mix is then transferred for aerobic composting decomposition for about 2 to 4 weeks.
Finally the rotting composted depathogenized ingredients are fed to the worms; to convert to worm castings.; which takes about another 4 to 6 months.
Benefits of Worm Castings & Worm Castings as Pesticides
Benefits of Worm Castings
Improved Growth: Extensive university testing has been performed by Ohio State, Cornell University, UC Davis, and the Australia SIRO to prove the results with worm castings. These tests have shown improved flower size, bloom quantity, quality, and color. Fruit and vegetable tests have resulted in yield improvements from 15% to 57% as well as improvements in taste and appearance.
100% Organic: The general public has come to correctly support non-chemical answers. Worm castings have been known since the time of Charles Darwin's research as the best way to healthy soil and healthy plants and 100% organic. A common cry is for solutions that are not chemical based so we don't risk potential health problems.
Non-Toxic: The skull and cross bones found on agriculture chemicals is absent on worm castings because they are non-toxic. Parents do not need to fear for their children or pets with worm castings.
Can't Burn: Since worm castings are 100% organic they don't have the salts found in synthetic fertilizers. The absence of these salts means that there is no possibility that plants can be damaged using worm castings.
Odor-Free/Odor Elimination: Worm castings are the only animal waste that does NOT have a manure odor. Worm castings have the fragrance of rich healthy soil.
Odor Elimination: Testing has shown that worm castings are very quickly effective at odor elimination. Mix 20% worm castings with composted dairy manure, horse manure, chicken manure, or compost and all objectionable odors are eliminated within eight hours. You can now use these effective organic fertilizers without offending odors. Worm castings are more efficient and cost less than half than activated charcoal.
Fungus Control: Four major university research projects and testing has shown that the complete soil food biology found in worm castings will quickly control fungus problems. Within a few weeks plants suffering from fungus problems will show significant improvement that lasts. All ground fungus is quickly brought under control. Nitrogen is released in the fungus control process providing added plant growth.
Worm Castings as Pesticide
Testing has shown that several microorganisms found in worm castings stimulate the organisms in plants that work as repellants for a large array of insects. The repellants increase to a level that the insects find the plant nectar distasteful. The insects then leave. The effectiveness has been seen for aphids, white fly, and other bugs that feed on the plant juices. Plants tested included but are not limited to: begonias, various citrus, hibiscus, various house plants, morning glory, roses, solanum, and zylosma. The number of individuals who have successful applications now exceed 1,500.
The enzyme chitinase will dissolve chitin and chitin makes the exoskeleton of a bug. If the level is below detection then it is not toxic to the bug and they can NOT detect it. Increase the level of chitinase above this level and the bug is repelled by the nectar of the plant rather than attracted to it. The bugs reaction to chitinase is similar to our reaction to sour milk. Using worm castings triggers the chitinase production level.
Fire Ant and Common Ant Repellency:
Ants can detect the natural repellency organisms when they walk over worm castings. They find the worm castings highly objectionable. An immediate negative reaction can be seen by ants when worm castings are applied. The ants leave areas covered with a ‡ inch layer but will begin to walk across the layer after a few weeks. Apparently some change happens to the top layer. Red fire ants will leave their nests within 24 hours of a single application.