HOW DO I USE MY VERMICOMPOST & WORM CASTINGS?
Vermicompost is a mixture of humus, worm castings and decomposing matter. Worm castings look like rich soil, it is dark and crumbly. Most food will be broken down and active microorganisms will have dwindled. Both are gold for the garden. Use them sparingly and with clear intent.
- Plant your seeds in it
- Use it for transplants – use a small handful when planting them
- Place it around the base of your plant to give it nutrition
- Make worm tea from the worm castings for spraying the leaves of your edibles
WORM TEA MAGIC
If you have a worm bin with a spigot, after a few months you’ll have worm tea. This tea will last up to 3 months if stored in the shade. Spray it on all of your vegetables with a 5:1 ratio (water:worm tea). This will strengthen your plants, make tastier veggies and prevent insect infestations and disease. If you only have castings, you can make your own tea.
Quick and Easy Worm Magic
- 1 cup worm castings or large handful
- 32 ounces of water (non-chlorinated)
- 1 tablespoons of molasses
If you have highly chlorinated water like we do in Los Angeles, let the water sit for 24 hours so that the chlorine evaporates or boil the water until the chlorine smell dissipates.
Mix together into a glass jar with a lid and let it sit for a few hours uncovered. Then screw the lid onto the jar and shake vigorously. Pour this magic potion over your plants at the base. You can also spray it onto your leaves, but be sure to strain the castings (use a cheese cloth) so that it doesn’t clog the spray bottle. The most convenient method is to use a 2 in 1 Sprayer that allows you to spray your whole garden effortlessly.