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Using Worm Castings

Directions for Using Worm Castings

House Plants: Add 1" to 2" inches of worm castings to top soil. Mix in, taking care not to damage shallow roots. Repeat every two months.

Vegetables and Annual Flowers:
Line the bottom and sides of plant holes and seed furrows with 1" to 2" inches of Caviar Compost. Set seeds or plants in place and cover with soil. Side dress during growing season at a rate of 1/2" inch per plant or one cup per linear foot of row once every month.  

Work 1/2 cup into the soil above the plants root zone taking care not to damage shallow roots. Apply in early spring, early summer, and early fall.

Evenly distribute as a top dress at a rate of 10lbs per 100sq ft in early spring and early fall.

Roses, Trees, Shrubs, and Berries:
Mix four cups of worm castings in to soil 2" to 3" inches below surface of each plant annually.

Simple Math: Apply 10lbs of worm castings per 100sq ft for maximum nutritional value. 

Worm Castings Q&A

Q: Why can’t I use more than 10lbs of worm castings per 100 sq ft? 

A: You can use more, as much as you like. Nature’s Little Recyclers have spaces with three feet of worm compost with a full garden on top. 

Q: Can I use less than 10lbs per 100 sq ft and have positive results?

A: Yes, and we recommend using worm castings in several ways in your garden from simple topdressing, soil conditioning, and many more useful techniques. Worm castings are useful in even the smallest amount. It has this natural and wonderful property of improving the life of practically every plant we know of. 

Q: Can I use this in my roses, trees, shrubs, and berries?

A: Best when they are coming out of thaw and again when they just beginning budding, flowering, and early fruit production for best results. Mix four cups of worm castings in to soil 2" to 3" inches below surface of each plant. This gives them a boost for several weeks, and the nutrients and minerals to give color, flavor, and healthy growth. 

Q: Can I use worm casting on my compost piles?

A: Yes, and Nature’s Little Recyclers has a great deal of experience. Simply  spread a thin layer of worm castings between each new layer of material to be composted. Even better, our Living Vermicompost is a great way to improve your results. The castings will reduce odor, speed up the composting process, and assist in removing harmful nematodes and fungi.

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  • Will worms survive in a tumbling compost bin?

    Valerie Bell

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