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Many Benefits of Vermicast & Vermicompost

Handful of vermicastWorm castings are rich, dark, soft to the touch, and nearly odorless.
Vermicast is just a fancy word for worm manure, also called "castings." Vermicompost is a product which contains worm castings in combination with other forms of decomposing organic matter.

Humus - an Essential Element

Those undigested organic particles, referred to as "humus," continue to break down in the soil and release valuable nutrients over time. What’s more, castings in concert with residual organic matter help the soil hold moisture and gives the earth a soft and crumbly texture. Improved soil structure promotes root growth and nutrient absorption.

The ratio of humus to castings will vary, depending on how long the worms are left to work and rework their bedding and food resources. The worms themselves help us determine when the compost is ready to harvest. When the majority of worms have moved out, it's time!

Beneficial Microorganisms

Both vermicast and vermicompost contain millions of beneficial microorganisms that break organic matter down into nutrient forms that plants can readily absorb. It's gentle on both our plants and our planet. It won't burn seedlings or delicate foliage the way synthetic fertilizers can. It's safe for you, your children, and pets.

What's more, research has demonstrated that some plants grown in soil which has been amended with vermicast are more resistant to soil-borne diseases, such as verticillium wilt.

And a little vermicast goes a long way. Plants do best when vermicompost is 15%-20% of your soil mix.

Preserving the Living Soil

While synthetic fertilizers may provide plants with an immediate nutrient boost - principally infusing nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium - in the process these same substances may be destroying the soil's healthy biological activity.

Synthetic fertilizers are typically toxic to you as well. Read the warning labels on the packaging and pay heed. Commercial fertilizers pollute our rivers, streams and watersheds. With vermicompost, no warnings are required! It's a healthy way to nourish the earth.

You'll see, feel and smell the difference. Your plants will notice the difference, too. Vermicompost is a dark, rich color, with a slightly earthy smell when moist, and has a soft, velvety feel. Vermicompost is a natural, non-toxic way to replenish the nutrients in your soil. You'll feel good about adding it to your garden, ornamentals, trees, and row crops.