WORM castings are the richest natural fertiliser known to farmers and stimulate plant growth more than any other natural product on the market.
A tablespoon of pure worm castings provides enough organic plant nutrients to feed a 15 centimetre (six inch) potted plant for more than two months.
Unlike animal manure and artificial fertilisers it is absorbed easily and immediately by plants.
Worm castings stimulate plant growth and enhance the soil’s ability to retain water and inhibit diseases such as root rot.
The natural fertiliser contains a highly-active biological mixture of bacteria, enzymes, remnants of plant matter and animal manure, as well as earthworm cocoons.
The castings are rich in water-soluble plant nutrients and contain more than 50 per cent more humus than what is normally found in topsoil.
They are packed with minerals that are essential for plant growth, such as concentrated nitrates, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, zinc, cobalt, borax, iron, carbon and nitrogen.
Importantly these minerals are immediately available to the plant without the risk of ever burning it, which is in contrast to animal manure and chemical fertilisers that have to be broken down in the soil before the plant can absorb them.
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Worm castings can be used as a potting soil ingredient and plant nutrients for plants in and around the house, as well as a planting additive for trees, vegetables, shrubs and flowers.
When used as mulching material, worm castings ensure that the minerals are absorbed directly into the soil when it is watered, and because worm castings will never burn plants there is no limit to the quantity used.
The humus in the worm castings extracts toxins and harmful fungi and bacteria from the soil giving the castings the ability to fight off plant diseases.
The castings also have the ability to fix heavy metals in organic waste, preventing plants from absorbing more of these chemical compounds than they need.
These compounds can then be released later when the plants need them.
The natural fertiliser acts as a barrier to help plants grow in soil where the pH levels are too high or too low.
Humic acid in worm castings stimulates plant growth, even in very low concentrations. The acid is in an ionically distributed state in which it can easily be absorbed by the plant, over and above any normal mineral nutrients.
Worm castings also reduce the acid-forming carbon in the soil, and increase the nitrogen levels in a state that the plant can easily use.
Soil Repairs has been developing stock and assisting farmers in rehabilitating soil for more than 20 years. For more information call Tom at Soil Repairs on 0438 496 903.