For those of you who have known me for a while, you probably remember my first book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Composting (Alpha Books). One of my favorite parts about writing that book nine years ago was sharing with readers how to raise redworms for the sole purpose of harvesting worm castings for their gardens. For anyone hearing this for the first time…you have to be wondering, “why worm poop?” Well, here’s the scoop on the poop:
Vermicomposting is the practice of using worms to decompose organic waste into a nutrient-rich soil and plant product called “castings” (or poop). While both traditional composting and vermicomposting break down organic materials and provide fabulous plant nutrition for the garden, redworms bring their own special blend to the table. Castings offer composted nutrients in high percentages in a slow-release form along with superior soil-binding, and water-retaining, abilities. They also offer excellent aeration, porosity, and structural properties.
Worm castings are much higher in available nitrogen, phosphates, and potash than your average compost. Plus, these nutrients are available for a longer period of time. “Available” means that the nutrients in castings can get to the plants for easy absorption because they’re water-soluble. They also have the happy side effect of improving soil texture.
I know, I know, perhaps you just can’t wrap your mind around keeping redworms as pets. I get it and guess what? The Soil-Extraordinaire team at Sanctuary Soil are the nation’s leading authority on the production of worm castings. You don’t have to touch a single worm. They have vermicomposting down to a science and have it all bagged up for you and ready to go with their Buckaroo Organic Worm Castings!
No fuss, no muss and you are about to grow some badass plants all because of the organic nutrients and revitalized soil this natural fertilizer provides. If you haven’t amended your garden soil with organic worm castings before, Buckaroo Organic Worm Castings by Santuary Soil is the nutritional treat you’ll want to try this season.