Ben's Compost & Worms - From Nature with Love
USES OF WORM JUICE
 

SUMMARY OF BENEFITS

  • Worm Juice increases nutrient availability to plants 
  • Worm Juice improves the structure of soil  
  • Worm Juice cannot cause ground water or run off contamination  
  • Worm Juice enhances seeding and plant growth 
  • Worm Juice increases crop uniformity in production and yield  
  • Worm Juice creates earlier and increased flower and fruit production  
  • Worm Juice ensures earlier fruit production from grafts and transplants  
  • Worm Juice increases plant resilience to disease, fungal growth and temperature stresses  
  • Worm Juice can be used to eliminate odours in animals manures  
  • Worm Juice increases soil carbon and soil water storage 
  • Worm Juice can be used as a seed inoculation to increase germination  
  • Worm Juice can be used as a insect repellent


Dilution:
Worm Juice is not just some vitamins and minerals for your plants, it's also a live bacteria for your soil. As a live bacteria it is easily killed by too much heat, sunlight and chlorine. Chlorine is found in most tap water, so diluting the juice, which we do suggest you do to keep the cost down, can be tricky. One method I use is to have one or two 15lt clear water jerry cans. I fill both up and leave the caps off in the sun. After a day I begin to use the first one and use it to mix my juice up with, when it empties I refill it and use the second one, the few days it take to empty the second one allows the chlorine to be burnt out of the first one and safe to use with juice and repeating the cycle. It's important to remember that I only mix up the juice as I need it and keep the unmixed juice in a cool out of the sun environment. If you do mix up too much, don't worry, it can be kept for use another day, just keep it out of the sun and heat.

Dilution Rates:
Ben’s Compost and Worms Worm Juice concentrate can be diluted with de-chlorinated water or used straight. Rates differ with application. This is a guide to recommended dilution rates:
  • Maintenance mix 1:20 just to keep the plants happy and repel pests and diseases. Repeat once every 2-3 weeks.
  • Animal waste odour control 1:10 no repeat necessary.
  • Seed striking and seedling growth 1:5, soak seeds in juice or castings for a few minutes, water seed with juice at 1:20 every seven days until seedling has emerged and is 2 weeks old.
  • Aphid and disease control (severe infestation and infections) 1:1 repeat once a day for 3 days.


As a Pre-Emergent:
Spraying worm juice onto your soil prior to sowing creates a healthy environment for your seedlings. It will stimulate the microbial activity in the soil to create the correct conditions to ensure the uptake of nutrients from both the soil and the atmosphere. By multiplying the beneficial bacteria and conditioning the soil, locked up nutrients will be released and other beneficial micro-organisms are attached. This will give you optimum growing conditions for the vigorous root development of your seedlings.

As a Seed Inoculant:
Worm juice makes a great seed inoculant which promotes early and stronger germination. A seed coated in worm juice gives the seed a valuable kick start when germinating as it is coated with beneficial bacteria that upon planting attract moisture and the minerals that are needed in the early stages. In trials that we are currently performing we have found very substantial increased germination rates using Worm Juice as a seed inoculant.

As a Foliar Spray:
Worm Juice can also be absorbed through your plants foliage, and help most crop, vegetable and flower plants in the uptake of nitrogen and trace minerals. When applying Worm Juice as a foliar spray the loss of valuable “N” from the foliar application to the atmosphere and leaching is virtually non-existent. The natural growth factors are taken up by the plants tissue within a short time after application. These compounds have a significant impact on plant heath, as they encourage cell division and strengthen the natural defence mechanism against pests and diseases, which ensures strong healthy growth. It has been shown in recent tests that worm juice works well as a sufficient natural defence against fungal disease.

As an Insect Repellent:
Tests have shown that several microorganisms found in Worm Juice 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 Juice test with a very high level of chitinase-producing organisms. Also, some elements in worm juice 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
 
As a way to Eliminate Animal Manure Odours:
It has been found that during recent tests, Worm Juice provides a safe and economical method of handling the problems of animal manures and their associated odours. By spraying the manure (dog poo, horse dung, etc.) with Worm Juice directly onto the fresh manure, reduced the odour within a very short time and the bacteria started to break down the manure within the first couple of days. It was also discovered that beneficial insects such as dung beetles where attracted and started to colonise the manure in these early stages. Trials are still continuing.
 
HOW IS WORM JUICE APPLIED?
Worm Juice can be applied at any time in wet or dry conditions, but if possible, avoid application during the midday heat. It can be applied through a boom or any other spray equipment and can be used in trickle and spray irrigation systems. Worm Juice can be applied (once diluted) on its own, with farmers also using it as plant food/wetter combined with herbicides and insecticides (with very good results).
 
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.
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