Vermicast: What's it all about?
The science behind thriving plants and worms
Healthy Soils, Vibrant Plants
"Vermicomposting" is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "the use of earthworms to convert organic waste into fertilizer."
Worms have a unique digestive system that converts waste material such as manure or rotting vegetative matter into "castings" (worm poop, in plain English) that are proven to increase plant yields and improve disease resistance.
Research published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that vermicast "can enhance soil fertility physically, chemically and biologically."
In the early stages of planting, using the vermicast as a soil amendment is recommended to establish strong root systems and rapid seedling growth. Throughout the rest of the growing season, applying worm tea in place of many liquid chemical fertilizers provides a natural boost to plant vitality and significantly reduces the likelihood of fungal diseases on the plants.
A University of Arizona study noted "research has suggested that there are significant benefits to using compost tea ranging from increased plant vigor, increased pest and disease resistance, curing of nutrient deficiencies, and even the possibility for its use as a primary fertilizer."
If you're interested in growing healthy, vibrant plants and vegetables using a truly green process that also reduces the waste stream heading to landfills, reach out to learn more.