After reading over and over, what great “organic fertilizer” worm castings are, I decided to put it to the test. I’ve included pictures to show just exactly how amazing this stuff really is. If I hadn’t seen this for myself, I would NEVER have believed it could do what I’ve witnessed.
In sowing my tomato seeds (peppers are about to go through the same process) I decided to transplant ONE plant a bit (WAY TOO) early. The starts didn’t even have a set of true leaves yet. In other words they were stems with cotyledons, when I transplanted my Purple Russian tomato plant.
As you can see from the below pictures (now these starts are ALL the same age) the one plant to the far right is the Purple Russian. It was transplanted in 5:1 potting soil / worm castings, 5 days prior to the rest of that tray. I was absolutely SHOCKED at its immediate accelerated growth, so I decided to plant another full tray with worm castings. Those are the ones in the tray next to the Purple Russian.
As you will see in the next picture, at the same time I planted the tray of tomatoes in worm castings, I also planted a tray of tomato starts in plain potting soil. The difference is absolutely amazing! I have now added some worm castings to the tops of the cups in the test tray, so they may (hopefully) catch up.
If you are interested in trying worm castings, you can either make your own worm bed and raise your own worms, or you can buy packaged worm castings all ready for planting.
My choice was obvious with the number of plants I grow each year, so my worm bin is nestled nicely on my back porch. It’s a wonderful, green way to dispose of table scraps and organic debris.
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