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What is a soil amendment?
A soil amendment is any material that is added to soil to improve its physical properties – such as water retention, permeability, water infiltration, drainage, aeration and structure. The goal is to provide a better environment for plant roots.
Why do I need soil amendments?
The success of any garden, farm, or lawn begins with the quality of its soil. Soil is not an organism by itself – soil amendments help micro organisms grow which promote good soil structure. This enlivened soil structure allows for better aeration, water absorption and the unlocking of nutrients that stimulate plant and root development. Always remember, healthy soil produces healthy plants.
Why choose natural soil amendments over synthetic fertilizer?
Synthetic supplements do not provide the essential nutrients that good soil needs for proper plant health and growth. Synthetics also actively destroy organic matter which, over time, will completely wipe out any beneficial micro organisms present in the soil. Synthetics also make plants more susceptible to insects and pests than natural supplements.
What are earthworm / worm castings?
Worm castings are an organic form of fertilizer produced from earthworms. Also known as vermicast, worm castings is essentially earthworm waste, otherwise known as worm poo. As an earthworm eats its way through soil, it takes in food, bits of soil, and rotting or decaying plants (organic matter) and extrudes it back out into the soil.
Why use worm castings?
Organic worm castings are excellent for plants. They contain all the essential nutrients that plants need in addition to enriching the soil in which the plants are grown. Not only can this fertilizer be used on nearly any type of plant, it can also be used directly on plants without burning them. Nothing is better or more natural for your garden than earthworm castings – not steer manure, not chicken manure, not even fish emulsion is as natural for your garden as earthworm castings. Earthworm castings are the richest food you can feed to your plants that will not burn the plant. Earthworms have the unique ability to increase the amount of nutrients and minerals in the soil by as much as 10 times the value of the plant debris. These minerals and nutrients are properly conditioned for the best root and lush plant growth – plus it is odor free!
How do I use worm castings?
Earthworm castings are very easy to use. Worm castings can be applied as top dressing, side dressing, or worked into the soil.
Can’t I just put worms in my garden – wouldn’t that do the same thing?
Having worms in your garden is always a good thing. They tunnel throughout the soil breaking up compacted earth which makes water and air circulate better through the dirt. However, worms move around a lot which makes it very difficult to get the correct concentration of castings where you want them. Being able to place pure castings in greater concentrations results in vigorous plant growth, improved soil, increased soil water retention, and improved aeration.
Are all worm castings the same?
It is true that all earthworm castings come out of the body of an earthworm, however, what the earthworm eats dramatically changes the quality of the castings. For example, if the worms are fed only one ingredient, say lettuce, they can only process the nutrients and minerals that are found in lettuce. High quality worm castings come from worms that are fed a complete, well-balanced diet.
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Can I use worm castings in my hydroponic system?
With a bit of patience, yes. Dry the worm castings, bundle them in a porous cloth (like a tea bag) and steep the dried material in water. Make sure that you do not get any of the actual casting material into the water. Then simply add that steeped water to your hydroponic system.