Efficient usage of
same applies to the use of wormcastings in the garden, not so
much keeping it warm, but PERSISTENCE succeeds !!
Wormcastings contain a lot of minerals, in compounds which make it easy
for the plants, to pick them up with the rootsystem.
The other feature of wormcastings is the microlife shed out by the
worms as they digest the raw materials we feed them.
Both the minerals and the microlife are essential for a good garden, be
it a vegetable patch, showplace flowergarden, orchard,
arable land or farmpasture; it will deplete and deteriorate in time if
we do not replace what we take out with the harvested produce.
We are lucky in New Zealand, that we have been here so short, only
300-400 years since we started “using” the soil,
off trees for building timber and paper pulp to read our news
( and advertise our goods, useful or not in the mailboxes. )
Did you know, that I use advertising paper ( after reading it ),
newspaper (the news is not really worth looking at ) and
cancelled cheques ( suitably shredded after YOU have paid the bills
with it ) to our worms as part of their diet ??
That part of their diet is contributing to returning the timber and
minerals used to manufacture the printing inks via the worm’s
back into nature.
The plants and the trees do the rest of the recycling by growing and
giving us food to eat, timber to build and cloth
to cover our nakedness.
And we (MANKIND) are silly enough, to call the used products RUBBISH,
and pay transport costs to get rid of what we have left over, and we
feel embarressed with that problem.
Did you know, that I collect the kitchen scraps from TWO ( so far )
households, and am feeding about 9 Kg worms with that
every week ??
We all like a nice lawn around our homes, and in New Zealand we are
lucky enough, to have a good percentage of the population
living in a home with garden space around the house.
That lawn :
We dig up the soil, we level it, then we sow the grass seed, and
protect it from the birds who love to pick it up again.
When the grass comes up, we throw some manure over it, and watch it
Oh dear, if we do not watch out, it will grow too much, especially in
the spring and summer months.
OK. so we spend about $500.00 and buy a motormower.
On the Sunday morning, we manage to wake up the whole
neighborhood trying to get some extra sleep in,
by starting up that motormower, ( after spending an hour to get the
darn thing going )
And WE CUT OFF THAT LONG GROWING GRASS.
Where are YOU going with the grass clippings ??
If the mower is not the “mulching” variety, then
stuck with those grassclippings.
Are YOU taking it to the dump ( landfill ) ??
And incidently pay good hardearned money to be allowed to leave it
Did you know, that I partly feed my worms with the clipings from three
So you see I do my little bit in the recycling of these things, ARE YOU
It takes my time and effort, with the help of having purchased those
composting worms, building boxes for them and a shelter shed
to protect them from the weather.
Collecting extra food 50 Km away ( carrots from Ohakune )
Don’t you think, you could do YOUR LITTLE BIT by supporting
effort by purchasing the wormcastings I have spent so much time and
effort and money to bring it to you in a little bag, for you to use on
that lawn, in the vegetable garden and around those pretty flowers and
fruit trees ??
It should be noted, that the wormcastings work best when as fresh as
The tests have proved that.
We tested the same batch again after three months, and it came up paler
than the first test.
You can test the quality of wormcasings by putting two teaspoons of
castings in a test tube, and then add water to 100 cc.
Shake for a few minutes, and let it stand for 24 hours.
A bad quality, with less soluble parts, will be much paler than a good
Look at the feel and texture of the product as you take it out of the
There is a vast difference in wormcastings from farm A and farm B. we
have bought batches for testing this, and have found :
One batch, wel advertised too, nicely packed, cheap in price, but it
had a handful of stones in the bag, and plenty of just sand !!
Another nicely packed bag contained sticks and other undigested
foodstuff and two worms ( mature ones too ).
Usage of wormcastings :
In general, you do not need as heavy a dressing as with most
“fertilisers”, a little bit applied more often
A handful under the seedbed, then a handful around the plants as they
start to grow is all that is needed.
For indoor flowers, use it by the teaspoon every week, and water well
for best results.
What is NOT rcommended, is to use the wormcastings as a nursery mix on
it’s own, DO mix it with sand and peat
or even just your usual nursery mix reinforced with wormcastings in
place of “fertilisers”
If you find small yellow to darkbrown “wormseed”
like grapeseeds, try not to touch them with your hands
as you will kill the young worm(s) inside it if you do.
If they are there in the bag, they may even have hatched into young
worms already, but leave them in the garden, they will help to populate
the soil with new worms.
And maybe let the parent birds feed the young ones who will get stuck
into your strawberries later on ! ( Cover those )