How To Use Worm Castings To Power Plants – The 100% Natural Fertilizer That Works!

The topic of this week's how-to garden article and podcast is using worm castings to energize your trees, bushes, vegetables, plants, and much more!

1. What Are Worm Castings?

Worm castings are essentially the dried dung of worms. Like other common animal manures, they are full of valuable nutrients and vitamins that can help improve the soil.  

2. Where To Find Worm Castings?

Castings are becoming more and more accessible as gardeners become more aware of their benefits. Worm castings are now widely available from most local nurseries. 

3. “Make” Your Own Worm Castings

Vermicomposting is the term for creating and gathering your own worm castings. You will require a worm box or bin, which you can build yourself or buy online.  

4. Harvesting The Castings

The worm castings will be ready for harvesting in a few months. Emptying the entire contents of the worm box onto a sizable piece of plastic or sheeting is the simplest.

5. How To Use Worm Casting

Castings, whether homemade or purchased, can be used in a multitude of ways. Initially, you can include the castings into your potting or seed starting soil when they're dry.  

6. For Seedlings

For every cup of potting soil, add 1/4 cup of dried worm castings to your seed starting mix.  

7. For Vegetable & Flower Transplants

Use a post-hole digger to expedite planting when transferring flower and vegetable plants into the ground. Before inserting each transplant, add a quarter cup of dry castings into the vacant hole. 

8. Baskets & Containers

Before planting, incorporate a quarter of a cup of worm castings into the potting soil if you are making your own hanging baskets and container plants. As usual, pot up your plant.   

9. Perennials

Think beyond your annual plants to reap the benefits of compost tea. Add a quarter cup of castings to each planting hole when you plant, move, split, or divide your perennials.  

10. Shrubs and Trees

Additionally, worm castings are a great natural supply of nutrients for establishing plants and shrubs. For planting new shrubs and trees in standard one-gallon containers.

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