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Vermicompost and seedlings

This week, our celestial view includes the "Full Worm Moon" according to the Farmer's Almanac — meaning the full moon that corresponds to the approximate start of the season when worms start moving about in the soil as the weather warms (which not coincidentally is the start of spring).

While its unlikely many worms are moving in the soil outside, as we still have a few areas of ice in the fields, there is clearly a connection between healthy growing conditions and worms.

Because vermicompost is an all-natural product designed by nature and not in a lab, there are no risky side effects. Using too much commercial fertilizer risks burning your plants and vegetables, and using it on tender seedlings can require a fine balancing act.

With vermicompost, you can't burn your plants, and it is perfectly safe for using in your potting soil as you start seeds in your home or greenhouse in the coming days. While you only need about 20% of vermicompost (by volume) to your potting mix, even if you use more, it simply means you're not spreading the rich nutrients to as many seedlings as you might otherwise. After about 30%, you won't see any more gains in vibrancy and growth of seedlings, but you also won't see any negative effects.

The worms do the hard work for us, making the use of vermicompost very straightforward and simple — as nature intended.

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