Using worm fertiliser (vermi-castings) or setting up your wormery to make your own is a great way to grow healthy, abundant plants using a totally natural fertiliser.
Our worm fertiliser is produced in Somerset, where we live. It's a fantastic alternative to chemical fertiliser and is packed full of beneficial soil micro-organisms and nutrients that will not only improve crop yields but help restore the soil and produce better yields.
The worms are fed a healthy diet (obviously totally peat free) and this makes all the difference to the quality of their castings. Not all castings are created equal!
Head over to our sister site to buy some castings!
Here's a video from Charles Dowding using our worm castings in a compost comparison experiment.
Benefits of organic castings
Unlike chemical fertilisers, worm castings release their nutrients slowly. Chemical fertilizers are usually quick-release and create a surplus in nutrients, followed by a drop. Due to the microbial life in the worm castings there is a constant steady supply of nutrients. Chemical fertilisers are very prone to water-washing, by watering the soil a lot of nutrients get dragged out of the soil medium and away from the roots. Worm castings are very resistant to this phenomenon.
- Full of beneficial soil micro-organisms
- Very high humus content
- Contain slow release, natural fertilisers
- Provide nutrients available in a form that plants can
- Absorb 2-3 times their own weight in water
- Hold water well, so less watering is required
- Enhance resistance to disease
- Encourage healthy/strong root systems
- Produce strong, healthy plants
- Improve crop yields.
The bacteria and fungus naturally present in the worm castings create a strong basis for a healthy plant. The soil is an ecosystem in itself and there is a constant exchange and flow of nutrients, minerals and other organic components. The microbial life helps plants with the uptake and regulating of the macro- and micronutrients.