We all know how beneficial earth worms are for our soil. They help aerate it by burrowing through the soil, which also allows water to travel through the soil. "Earthworms dramatically alter soil structure, water movement, nutrient dynamics, and plant growth. They are not essential to all healthy soil systems, but their presence is usually an indicator of a healthy system. Earthworms perform several beneficial functions." This quote is from the USDA page on soil biology. Read more at http://soils.usda.gov/sqi/concepts/soil_biology/earthworms.html if you are interested in how worms are useful in our gardens.
As a composter, worms eat and excrete what their bodies don't need - just like we do. You add your vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, tea bags, fruit peels, etc. The worms break it down and and as it passes through them, it is broken down and made into compost. For those of you that regularly keep compost piles, you know that once it's broken down, you can add this to your garden to add nutrients to your soil.
When we were in Illinois last month for a garden show, we met a couple that had a booth there and they were selling worm castings - yes, worm poop! They sold it by the bag to spread onto the soil and they also sold it in small bags - tea bags! Worm poop was sealed into tea bags and you can put the tea bags in water and make a compost tea. This compost tea can be used to water your plants, just like a liquid fertilizer. You can also put it into a spray bottle and use it as a foliar feed.
|Large and small tea bags of worm castings.|
|The actual worm castings from a large tea bag.|
|Small tea bag in a quart of water.|
If you're interested in more information about worm castings as fertilizer, or if you'd like to buy some worm poop, just stop by to see me!!! Or if you've had any experience with worms and their poop, please leave me a comment! I've changed the settings and you no longer have to be registered to leave a comment.