Ben's Compost & Worms - From Nature with Love

USES 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.


SUMMARY OF BENEFITS


  • Worm Castings improve the structure of soil 
  • Worm Castings increase drought resistance  
  • 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 insect repellent
  • Worm Castings are 100% non-toxic  
  • 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 soil 
  • 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.


Indoors: Worm Castings 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.    

Compost Pile: 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. Lawns: 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. For established 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.

Insect Repellency: Tests 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. Also, 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: You 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. By 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 watering can.

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 VEMICULTURE PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO EMAIL, CALL OR LOG ONTO OUR WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR PRODUCTS.  * Worm Juice and Juice mixes available see website www.benscompostandworms.com.au









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