The Benefits to Amending and Nurturing the Soil Using Worm Compost

Any kind of garden, whether you’re growing vegetables or just a simple flower patch, will develop at their fullest potential by simply being planted in soil that is in tip-top shape. Healthy soil is everything to a garden. But the sad truth is that some plants don’t get the complete nutrients from just the soil alone. That’s where soil amendments and organic fertilizers come into frame; and worm compost can be one of these natural products that can be a good garden resource. Learn more about the benefits to red wiggler worms casting by reading further of this article.

What exactly is red worms compost?
Every living organism at some point, will have to excrete from their bodies what they have consumed. Compost worms also go through the same natural process, only that their manure smells with an earthy scent to it. These red worms, along with the help of beneficial microbes contained inside the worm bin system, are capable of breaking down decaying organic materials. After they’ve consumed these, they will gradually excrete what we now know as organic earthworm compost.

Feeding the soil helps feed the plants
Soil that is compacted or is experiencing a form of erosion will need to be amended to be able to bring it back to shape. Soil that won’t be able to retain the necessary amounts of nutrients and moisture will not be able to feed the plants embedded in it thoroughly. So with this as a concern, supplemental nutrients that worm poop contains can help sustain a plant’s health. This goes especially helpful for plants when it comes to experiencing an increase in yield, and an improvement in each one’s properties.

The value in worm compost
Earthworm castings, also known as black gold is an organic product that is made readily available for soil and plant consumption. It can be either in solid or liquid form (can also be referred to as worm castings tea); and can be immediately used as a top dressing for foliage. Now compared to other production of compost (like leaf or mushroom compost), compost from worms has been regarded to as the most nutrient-filled. It’s packed with a lot of nutrients, trace minerals, and beneficial microorganisms. Remember that worms only eat organic food sources; and are prohibited from eating products such as meat, poultry, and dairy, those of which may lead to digestion and other health complications.

I have been on a mission: To find the best worm composting bin and some nasty worms with an attitude. I’ve been secretly thinking about it for months now , have had the delivery date on my outlook calendar for weeks and now they have arrived!

The day has come!

Last week I took delivery of a vermiculture worm composting system, and yesterday I received my first 1000 Red Wrigglers (worms) and carefully introduced them into their closed cell home in a strategic place on the patio, but under the roof, and pre-approved by the wife character (which is huge). So far, BIG success.

I pictured worse.

We are in the 3 day “leave them alone” stage where after we introduce them into the bedding and box (which is mondo moistened newspaper scraps for the most part) you just leave them alone to get acclimated. After 3 days, you can go in and finally lift the lid to see how they’re doing. Here’s what we’ve learned so far…

3 days are too long to wait.

At 4pm after dropping them in their new home, I covered them up and shut the lid. Apparently, they love the dark. I covered the system with a sleeping bag at 10pm when the temperature outside last night was supposed to drop to around 45 degrees. When I woke in the morning, I pour myself a cup of coffee (worms love coffee grounds), and after about an hour, I peeked in on them. They look like they haven’t moved much, I wonder if I’m supposed to fold or stir them into the bedding. If they are eating (after 3 days) you can feed them new food. I have to wait about 2 more days to try.

Worms need a very consistent temperature.

This seems rather non-negotiable. It is strict and unflinchingly rigid and needs to be between 40-80 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s the nice thing with the closed self-contained system… it can come inside with you if you live in the land of winter. While the worms enjoy their 3 day (17 hr) acclimation period, the owner’s manual said the worms can be really stressed out from the trip (duh) so it’s nice to leave a light on and play some soft, non-threatening music for them. I did neither as they are blind and don’t believe I have any music they’d enjoy. The book also encourages a nice ventilated area with no direct sun. They’re starting to sound a little high maintenance.

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