Earthworm Castings – A Friendly Fertilizer
Earthworm Castings are more than just a great fertilizer, they are the ultimate compost. They enhance plant growth and all nutrients are water-soluble, which makes it an immediate plant food. In addition to it’s use as a potting soil, earthworm castings can also be used as a planting soil for trees, vegetables, shrubs, and flowers. They can be used as a mulch and the effects of the use of castings are immediately visible. Earthworm castings are clean, odorless, and can be used indoors and outdoors to provide a boost to all of your plants.
One of the best things about earthworm castings is that they are concentrated and rich in nitrogen. They are gentle enough that they can be applied directly to sensitive plant roots without fear of burning and they supply magnesium, phosphates, calcium, potassium, and potash, along with micro-nutrients and trace elements.
Worm castings are filled with beneficial soil microbes and organisms that will help restore life and good health to depleted and worn out garden soils.
Castings can be added to potting soil or mixed into the containers of established houseplants for indoor use. It is especially effective to use earthworm castings as an addition to seed starting mix to grow seedlings under indoor lights. You will see a noticeable improvement in the size and growth of vegetable seedlings and transplants by using castings.
In outdoor gardens worm castings can be spread and incorporated into the surface soil levels of your raised beds or added to the bottom of the planting hole when setting out transplants.
If you would prefer to use a liquid version of the earthworm casting you can prepare an earthworm castings ‘tea’. All you need to do is soak a few tablespoons of castings per gallon of water and leave overnight. The castings tea can then be strained, diluted, and used to water house as well as garden plants, or you can spray directly onto the leaves as a foliar fertilizer.
However you elect to use earthworm castings, you can be assured that your flowers, vegetables, and indoor houseplants will all benefit and respond with noticeable growth and vigor in a manner that is both environmentally friendly and safe.