OF WORM CASTINGS
New uses for Worm Castings are being discovered every
day. It can be used indoors and outdoors with complete safety, with the
following just a few suggestions.
Worm Castings improve the
structure of soil
- Worm Castings increase drought
- Worm Castings can be applied to phosphate sensitive plants
- Worm Castings promotes
beneficial microbial activity that results in healthier plants
- Worm Castings cannot cause
ground water or run off contamination
- Worm Castings are completely
safe to use around children and pets
- Worm Castings can be used as a
- Worm Castings are 100%
- Worm Castings can be used to
eliminate odours in animals manures
- Nutrients found in Worm
Castings last up to 6 times longer than the nutrients found in ordinary potting
- The micro-bacteria in Worm
Castings release the plant nutrients that were previously locked up in the
soil, resulting in reduced amounts of fertilizer required.
can be added to potting soil or mixed into the soil of existing house plants.
They also can be topdressed around the base of plants as the nutrients and
bacteria will soak down into the soil each time that they are watered It is
suggested that this is repeated every 2 months for the best results, REMEMBER THAT YOU CANNOT USE TO MUCH WORM
CASTINGS. Worm Castings
will also assist the growth of seedlings, transplants and during repotting. A mix
ratio of 1:3 (worm casting/soil, potting mix)
Outdoors:In the Garden:
Mix Worm Castings in with the
surface soil of your garden bed. Castings can be added to the bottom of
planting holes when setting out transplants, or worked into the soil
surrounding established flowers and vegetables. Side dress with Worm Castings
during the growing season at a rate of approx. 250ml per plant every 2 months
to increase crop yields and blooms. WORM
CASTINGS ARE GENTLE ENOUGH NOT TO BURN SEEDLINGS OR THE ROOTS OF YOUR PLANTS.
Spread a thin
layer of worm casting in between every new layer of compost. The Worm Castings
help to start the composting process and will reduce the odour.
For new lawns to
assist in establishment, apply with 4 litres of castings to 10sq metres of
area, mix into the soil well before adding the seed. Before planting to ensure the
best germination of your lawn seed, inoculate with Worm Juice.
Trees, Shrubs and Berries:
When planting trees or shrubs mix
Worm Castings with soil at a 1:3 ratio, spread around the sides and bottom of
hole before back filling, this will allow the bacteria in the Worm Castings to work
around the roots to releasing the nutrients, to ensure a stronger start.
trees, shrubs and berries topdress the ground at a rate of 8 litres per 10sq
meters for as far as is covered by the foliage.
have shown that several microorganisms found in Worm Castings work as effective
repellents for a large array of insects. A
key element for insect repellency is the level of chitinase-producing
organisms. Chitinase is an
enzyme that will dissolve chitin. The exoskeletons of bugs are made of chitin
[so obviously they don't want to hang out where their skeletons will be
dissolved!]. Bugs have various detection mechanisms to determine the level of
chitinase in plants and soil. Once the chitinase level is high enough, they
will leave the area.
Worm Castings test with a very high level
of chitinase-producing organisms.
some elements in worm castings are able to activate the chitinase-producing
organisms found inside plants. Once triggered, these organisms multiply to a
level that can be detected by the insects. The repellency effectiveness has
been tested and confirmed for white fly, aphids, spider mites and various other
bugs. Twenty various plants have been tested showing effectiveness. The rate of
repellency is in direct relation to the size of the plant. Spider mites will leave
houseplants in about 2 weeks, aphids leave roses in about 6 weeks, and white
flies will leave full sized hibiscus in about 3 months
Worm Castings Tea:
can use Worm Castings to make a Worm Castings Tea. Used as a soil enhancer or
as a foliar spray on your plants; this product enables the quick uptake of the
nutrients and gives a boost of beneficial bacteria.
using 2-3 tablespoons of Worm Casting soaked in 2 litres of rain water over 12
hours it will produce a product that can be low pressure sprayed or applied by
IMPORTANT: RAIN WATER SHOULD ONLY BE USED AS THE
CHLORINE IN TAP OR TOWN WATER WILL KILL ALL THE BENEFICAL BACTERIA AND MICRO
FLORA, IF NOT AVALIABLE PUT BUCKET OF TAP WATER IN THE SUN FOR A MINIMUM OF 1 HOUR
TO BURN OFF THE CHLORINE.IF WE CAN BE OF ANY ASSISTANCE TO YOU IN REGARDS TO
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FURTHER INFORMATION OR PRODUCTS. * Worm Juice and Juice mixes available see website www.benscompostandworms.com.au