What have you done for your soil lately? If you’ve neglected it the summer garden will show you by growing slowly, failing to form healthy fruit, and you may find pests and diseases more abundant. While it’s not ideal to add fertilizer as food plants mature, you can revitalize the food web within your soil, and your plants will return the favor. Worm castings are the byproduct of worm farms, and this substance can have a remarkable effect on your vegetable crops. They contain powerful microbes that rejuvenates soils damaged by too little organic matter or previous chemical use. You can buy earthworm castings at most garden centers and apply it today. This is the stuff your plants dream about. Here’s why:
- Castings are 50% higher in organic matter than soil.
- Bacteria from the worms’ intestines make nutrients more available to plants.
- Castings have 10 x the potash, 7 x richer in phosphate 5 x the nitrogen of ordinary soil.
- Castings contain powerful growth enhancing microbes often deficient in bagged soils.