Worm Castings|Organic Fertilizer
The benefits of using all organic fertilizer worm castings.
Increased yeild rates. 15% to 40% on most plants and as high as 400% on some grasses.
Suppress fungal diseases (phythium, fusarium, dollar spot, etc)
Reduce algae in greenhouses, ponds, & lagoons – no nitrogen run-off
May be applied to phosphate sensitive areas
Reduce irrigation cost up to 50%
Increases drought resistance
Reduce all chemical costs by 75% first year of 3 year program
No ground water contamination
Improve crumb structure of soil
Not toxic - reduce liabilities for employees and clients when used professionally
Castings are an all purpose natural fertilizer that comes to you straight from nature with no alterations whatsoever.
Contains over 60 micro nutrients and trace minerals
Castings contain rich proportions of water-soluble nutrients.
Castings have no odor and can be used straight from the bag on indoor or outdoor plants.
Castings allow plants to quickly and easily absorb all essentials nutrients and trace elements.
Casting have a high concentration of beneficial bacteria and microbes that are produced in the earthworm's digestive process
Castings provide the ability to improve soil structure by having football shaped particles that improve the aeration, which promotes rapid plant growth.
Casting were created by nature for the purpose of promoting optimum plant growth.
Earthworm Castings are an Organic Fertilizer that is an all purpose natural fertilizer that comes to you straight from nature with no alterations whatsoever. The earthworms digest organic material and in its' passage through the worm it is beneficially altered both chemically and physically. The end product is "super humus which is extremely fertile top soil properly conditioned for best root growth, containing in rich proportion and water soluble form all the elements required of the earth for optimum plant nutrition.
Organic Earthworm Castings, contain rich proportions of water-soluble nutrients. This is a primary reason for being able to provide incredible results. Worm Castings allow plants to quickly and easily absorb all essential nutrients and trace elements in simple forms, so plants need only minimal effort to obtain them. This is not the case with most other fertilizers. Though they may have many nutrients and/or higher analyses, the ability of plants of optimally use them is limited because they are not broken down to the degree in which the earthworm is able to provide them.
As well as an abundance of available nutrients, worm castings also provide a perfect mix of nutritional needs. This allows plants to feed as needed for weeks and months at time, depending on the plant.
High Availability of Nutrients - Over 60 micro nutrients and trace minerals along with high numbers of beneficial microbes and bacteria.
Another point in favor of earthworm castings is the high concentration of beneficial bacteria and microbes added to them by the earthworm in the digestive process. These microscopic creatures help different elements of the soil work in conjunction with each other to create healthy, working soil that provides the best possible atmosphere for optimum growth.
Synthetic fertilizers usually provide only available synthetic nutrients (N-P-K) much of what are quickly lost into the soil with watering, as a plants' root system can only absorb so much. Chemical fertilizers are most often detrimental to soil microbiology, bypassing and often destroying much of its beneficial microbial and bacterial activity.
Yet, another benefit is the ability to improve soil structure. These miniature football shaped particles improve aeration, which promotes rapid plant growth. It also allows for excellent drainage in soil so roots don't become waterlogged or develop root rot, while also increasing the soil's water retention capacity as they contain absorbent organic matter that holds only the necessary amounts of water needed by the roots and their shape allows unnecessary water to easily drain.
Earth Worm Castings are also an effective way to repel white flies, aphids and spider mites & any pest that feeds on plant juices. According to recent studies, applying earthworm castings to the soil around your plants increases the production of a certain enzyme that is offensive to these insects.
Earthworm castings are an organic, non-toxic fertilizer that can be used on just about any plant in the garden! They are a great source of calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, phosphates and potash.
One way to use worm castings is to top-dress the soil with a 1/2 inch to 1 inch layer. When you water, the nutrients filter down to the roots of your plants. For potted plants use about 1/3 castings to 1/3 potting soil and 1/3 perlite or vermiculite.
Side dressing row crops in your garden is one of the best ways to apply worm castings, especially with large fields. You can just place it right along side your crops.
How quickly the pests depart depends on the size of the plant. For instance, it may take as little as two weeks for an infestation to clear up on a houseplant or as long as two months to rid a large rose of pests.
Mother Nature's #1 choice for fertilizing.
Environmentally safe for all plants, animals and humans.
Naturally Odor Free - No perfumes or scents added or chemically removed. It can be used directly from the bag on indoor or outdoor plants.
Less Watering Required - Because of the absorbent organic matter contained in the castings themselves, moisture is held in the root zone while allowing excess moisture to drain away.
Improved Soil Structure and Aeration - Castings allow oxygen to permeate and remain in the root zone where it is vitally needed.
This non-packed environment also improves drainage. Roots can easily grow fast, full and fibrous.
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These castings are 100 percent pure no trash , mulch mixed in like other products.
Here are some facts about castings
Worm Castings have been known as the best item possible to make all plants to grow better. New applications have been researched by several universities and have been field tested for confirmation. Any landscape or growing application will benefit immensely from the use of worm castings.
Improved Growth: Extensive university testing has been performed by Ohio State, Cornell University, UC Davis, and the Australia SIRO to prove the results with worm castings. These tests have shown improved flower size, bloom quantity, quality, and color. Fruit and vegetable tests have resulted in yield improvements from 15% to 57% as well as improvements in taste and appearance.
100% Organic: The general public has come to correctly support non-chemical answers. Worm castings have been known since the time of Charles Darwin's research as the best way to healthy soil and healthy plants and 100% organic. A common cry is for solutions that are not chemical based so we don't risk potential health problems.
Non-Toxic: The skull and cross bones found on agriculture chemicals is absent on worm castings because they are non-toxic. Parents do not need to fear for their children or pets with worm castings.
Can't Burn: Since worm castings are 100% organic they don't have the salts found in synthetic fertilizers. The absence of these salts means that there is no possibility that plants can be damaged using worm castings.
Odor-Free/Odor Elimination: Worm castings are the only animal waste that does NOT have a manure odor. Worm castings have the fragrance of rich healthy soil.
Odor Elimination: Testing has shown that worm castings are very effective at odor elimination. Mix 20% worm castings with composted dairy manure, horse manure, chicken manure, or compost and all objectionable odors are eliminated within eight hours. You can now use these effective organic fertilizers without offending odors. Worm castings are more efficient and cost less than half than activated charcoal.
Fungus Control: Four major university research projects and testing has shown that the complete soil food biology found in worm castings will quickly control fungus problems. Within a few weeks plants suffering from fungus problems will show significant improvement that lasts. All ground fungus is quickly brought under control. Nitrogen is released in the fungus control process providing added plant growth. (This is published research information and can be given to buyers in a generic form).
Insect Repellency: Testing has shown that several microorganisms found in worm castings stimulate the organisms in plants that work as repellants for a large array of insects. The repellants increase to a level that the insects find the plant nectar distasteful. The insects then leave. The effectiveness has been seen for aphids, white fly, and other bugs that feed on the plant juices. Plants tested included but are not limited to: begonias, various citrus, hibiscus, various house plants, morning glory, roses, solanum, and zylosma. The number of individuals who have successful applications now exceed 1,500. This research is on-going.
Fire Ant and Common Ant Repellency: Ants can detect the natural repellency organisms when they walk over worm castings. They find the worm castings highly objectionable. An immediate negative reaction can be seen by ants when worm castings are applied. The ants leave areas covered with a 1 inch layer but will begin to walk across the layer after a few weeks. Apparently some change happens to the top layer. Red fire ants will leave their nests within 24 hours of a single application. Top research scientists are working to find the right application to use on red fire ants. The ant revulsion has many applications.
How Does the Insect Repellency Work?
Our best understanding and explanation is:
The relationship between the enzyme chitinase and insect repellency is well documented from academic research. (Extensive research work is now being done to genetically alter plants to produce a high level of chitinase). Using worm castings is a non-toxic, and organic methd of doing the same without genetic alteration.
The enzyme chitinase will dissolve chitin and chitin makes the exoskeleton of a bug. If the level is below detection then it is not toxic to the bug and they can NOT detect it. Increase the level of chitinase above this level and the bug is repelled by the nectar of the plant rather than attracted to it. The bugs reaction to chitinase is similar to our reaction to sour milk. One drop of sour milk mixed into a glass of sweet milk and you will drink the glass with no negative reaction. However, mix in three tablespoons and no one has to convince you to not drink the milk.
Using worm castings triggers the chitinase production level. At this point we can't name the trigger organism. Applying the worm castings to the soil at a 10% - 20% mix results in the level of internal chitinase increasing. The 10-20% mix comes from research by Ohio State, Subler, Edwards, et al, regarding the optimum mix for optimum plant growth. Applying a 1 inch layer to the top of a plant equates to 10%. A 1 inch layer to 20%.
The detection level for the bug is in the range of 1 million cfu/dwg. Test have been done on plants covered in white flies. The level of chitinase producing organisms is usually less than 300,000 cfu/dwg. One particular hibiscus tested at 260,000 cfu/dwg prior to application. This 10 foot tall hibiscus was covered in white flies. Three months after application the white flies had left the plant totally. The chitinase level had increased to 670,000,000 cfu/dwg.
The speed of repellency is in direct relation to the size of the plant. Spider mites will leave house plants in about two weeks. Aphids will leave roses in less than two months and it will take about three months for all of the white flies to leave a ten foot tall hibiscus.
It appears that this mechanism works for nearly every plant. .