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Sweet Onions grown with Castings.

Huge Carrots grown with Castings.

Beautiful plump Cabbage, using Castings.

Casting rich soil.

WHAT DO MICROORGANISMS DO?


• They form symbiotic relationships with the roots of plants. 

• Microbes capture nitrogen and make it readily available for plants. 

  1. They break down rock, clay and minerals to the level where plants can feed on them.                    

• They secrete hormones, chemical agents and growth regulators required by plants. 

• Microbes scrub harmful manmade chemicals from the soil. 

  1. They excrete sticky substances that help aggregate soil, improve it's structure and 

  increases water retention.


                             WHAT CAN CASTINGS DO?


Castings are generally much richer in nutrient than the material that was consumed by the worms to create the Castings. Studies have shown increases of 50% in nitrogen, phosphorus 35%, potassium 27%, calcium 36%, magnesium 45%, manganese 52% and iron 8% using a byproduct of sugar refinement as the organic material to be converted to Castings. The C/N ratio was also narrowed from 25:1 to 14:1 facilitating the availability of nitrogen to plants.


In Cuba 2 to 6 tons of Worm Castings are used per hector of land as compared to 15 to 30 tons of conventional compost to achieve the same crop yields. In India vineyards were fertilized with 2 tons of castings per acre per year for five years, this increased grape yields by as much as 15 tons per acre. The Casting results were better than the top commercial fertilizer. Adding Castings to your soil is one of the best ways to restore the natural Soil Food Web that sustains plant life.


Research performed at Ohio State University found significant results with the addition of castings of as little as 10% to 20%. Studies also found that when nutrient contents were matched with other growth mediums Castings still displayed better results indicating something more that Castings had to offer than just nutrients. Some sort of growth regulators are involved. More research is needed to pinpoint the source of these plant growth enhancers.


Nutrient rich teas can be made from Worm Castings for topical application on plants and soil. Casting Tea when processed with the addition of oxogen and temperatures that stimulate the growth and proliferation of microbes in the the tea make a great and easy to apply fertilizer. These beneficial organisms replenish the Soil Food Web which compete with plant pathogens for available food and space reducing the spread of plant diseases. Casting Tea is also highly nutritious and stimulates plant growth. Castings and Casting Tea offer wonderful disease control in a greenhouse environment. Casting Tea is used in China for insect control and a US patent claims Castings as a control for ants.


Castings will not burn the most delicate of plants and can be applied in any amount and as often as you wish.                

   WHAT ARE WORM CASTINGS?                                                                                                      


Worm Castings are dense but have a fine crumbly soft texture that feels good to the touch. Castings have a rich dark color and a wonderful earthy smell. Worm poop doesn’t stink, how many other creatures can make that claim?


Earthworm Castings are alive with beneficial organisms like bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes. They contain nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus. calcium, magnesium, trace elements, minerals, hormones and growth regulators. Castings are richer in nutrients than the material they consume. And what comes out of an Earthworm can have 100 times more microbial activity than what goes in. These microbes are much better at transforming nutrients into forms readily taken up by plants than the microbes in regular (thermolphillic) compost.


The nitrogen along with other nutrients in castings is released over time by the soil food web, the feeding activities of bacteria, fungi and their predators. Synthetic nitrogen is washed away into our water supplies before the plants can utilize all of it causing major problems to our water ways. Castings resist leaching but still have the ability to retain moisture, And they resist packing.