How to Use Worm Castings

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This is, by far, one of the easiest posts I’ve written because using worm castings is so easy to do. It’s also not a real “exciting” post, though, either. I’ll try to make up for that in some future posts. :)

In the last Compost Worms 101 installment, I walked you through how to harvest worm castings. Today, we’ll talk about how to use the castings.

Just as there are a number of ways worm castings can be harvested, there are also a number of ways they can be used:

  1. Mix the castings into the soil.
  2. Use the castings as a top dressing.
  3. Make a vermicompost “tea.”

It’s pretty much how you’d use any other compost.

This is technically called vermicompost since you’re not using ONLY worm castings (pooh). You’re using the worm castings, composted kitchen scraps, and anything else in the worm bin.

Mix the castings into the soil.

When you’re transplanting your plants, dig the hole and toss in a handful (or two, or three) of the castings. Mix in a little of the garden soil, and plop the plant in the hole with the rest of the needed soil. You’re done.

Use the castings as a top dressing.

This method is even easier, if that’s possible (easier than the already described easy method).

Place a handful or two at the base of your plants. Done.

As you water the ground nutrients will be fed to the plant.

Make a vermicompost “tea.”

Okay, this involves a little more work. It’s not as simple as just tossing vermicompost into a container, adding water, shaking, and using. There’s a little more to it than that.

I’ll talk about this method in something special I have planned for a later date. Stay tuned.

Adding as little as 5% vermicompost to your garden soil can improve the growth of your plants.

Have you used worm castings in your flower or vegetable garden?

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