Vermicast as a Fertilizer
Worms have been tirelessly toiling away, building soil in the same manner as their ancestors 600 million years ago. The work that they do may be one of the most important and undervalued positions, but through their physical action and the castings produced, worms create the elixir for life
Vermicast is an organic by-product of the composting activities of earthworms. Placing earthworms in a pile of compost allows them to make their way through the food and excrete vermicast. Vermicast enriches the soil and helps to ensure that plants receive all the nutrients they need to grow successfully. Vermicast is considered a soil conditioner and is often used as a natural fertilizer in rough soils.
Worms are considered nature’s recyclers, concentrating the important plant nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and calcium into forms that are much more available to plants than those in the raw materials. Using vermicast has consistently improved seed germination, enhanced seedling growth and development, and increased plant productivity much more than would be possible from conventional planting.
Vermicasting can be done on a small scale by homeowners with household organic wastes, on a large-scale by farmers with manure or even by the food industry using organic wastes such as fruit and vegetable cull materials.
BENEFITS OF VERMICAST
- Increases soil water and nutrient retention
- Improves soil texture,
- Improves nutrient availability
- Helps in disease prevention.
- Studies show improvements in crop yield, bunch sizes, fruit set, fruit storage, trunk diameters and more.