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What is the use of Vermicast?
When you add vermicast to your soil, you help the soil absorb and retain moisture. The organic matter in vermicast helps the soil particles clump together, improving soil structure. Vermicast contains myriad nutrients that are plant-available and released gradually into the soil.
Is Vermicast a fertilizer?
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.
Is Vermicast good for plants?
Dr. Arancon states that vermicast provides the greatest benefit to plant growth when it makes up 10 to 40 percent of the growing medium by volume. Although many effects of vermicast are independent of nutrient availability, vermicast also does make two important nutrients more available to plants: nitrate and calcium.
What is Vermicast made of?
Vermicast is an organic/natural fertiliser that is created by using composting earthworms. These earthworms are placed in a container which is filled with compost. The worms make their way through the food and excrete what we call Vermicast.
How do you know if Vermicast is pure?
Here’s a little test you can use to check out the quality of your castings; place around a table-spoon of castings in a small jar of water, shake it up. The vermicast should separate into layers with castings on the bottom and lighter organic materials rising up.
Can Vermicast burn plants?
Vermicast or worm cast will not and cannot create Nitrogen burn in your plants. It will never happen. Chemical fertilizers are like junk food, a quick form of sustenance that passes through the plant and growing medium to head down the drain within hours. Slow release organic fertilizer does so much more.
hoW can you tell pure Vermicast?
How can you tell pure Vermicast?
Is Vermicast organic?
Kahariam’s vermicast is composed of 100% worm castings. It is the ideal organic fertilizer for your plant and crop farming needs.
What is pure Vermicast?
Vermicast (also called worm castings, worm humus, worm manure, or worm faeces) is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by earthworms. These castings have been shown to contain reduced levels of contaminants and a higher saturation of nutrients than the organic materials before vermicomposting.
How do I install Vermicast?
How to use Vermicompost in Pots? Ideally, vermicompost is added in soil mixture during potting of a new plant. One part Garden soil, one part coco-peat & one part Vermicompost (1:1:1), all three are thoroughly mixed and added to the pot. This combination is often referred as a universal potting mixture.
What kind of materials are used in vermicast?
Vermicast is a mixture of earthworm castings and uneaten bedding and feedstock harvested from worm beds. This means that we started with organic materials for bedding and added feedstocks. The worms consumed most of the food and bedding, and left behind a mixture of their castings (worm poop) and undigested organic materials.
Is it OK to use worms in vermicast?
Vermiscastings, which are worm poop just like manure is cow poop. It has an earthy odor, is good for the environment, and safe for your children and pets to be around. The decomposition of waste materials using earthworms is known as vermicomposting. Vermicast is used as a supplement to condition the soil.
How does vermicast work as a fertilizer for plants?
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.
How is vermicast used in the Free State?
The trials vary in terms of what crops they were conducted with but the results keep drawing the same basic conclusion. Vermicast is highly beneficial to plant growth, health and yield. At the end of the document is a case study of an apple farmer in the Free State who is using vermiculture extensively and has had immense success.