Organic Farming and Organic Gardening Using Vermicompost
Question: What's so great about composting with redworms (vermicomposting)? Whyshouldn't I just use conventional compost on my organic farm or organic garden?
There are two major reasons why vermicomposting is better:1.
Worms convert waste faster! Worms consume three times their weight a week or more.Conventional composting takes weeks to months to convert organic material to compostand is very labor intensive. By using worms in aCan-O-Worms
orWorm Factory system, the organic gardener can convert approximately 6 to 8 pounds of organics perweek into vermicompost! By using theK.I.S.S
Windrow Method the organic farmer canprocess their farm waste in half the time.2.
Using worms to convert your organic farm and organic garden waste not only takes farless time than hot composting the material but the vermicompost is far superior toconventional compost. The worm castings in the vermicompost have nutrients that are97% utilizable by your plants and the castings have a mucous coating which allows thenutrients to "time release".Using the rich 100% organic vermicompost, which you recycle on site, on your organic farms ororganic gardens gives your crops the best fertilizer on the planet.Here are just a few references about the value of vermicastings:
Analysis of earthworm casting reveals that they are richer in plant nutrients than the soil,about three times more calcium and several times more nitrogen, phosphorus andpotassium. (K.P. Barley, Advances in Agronomy, Vol. 13, 1961, p. 251)
Redworm castings contain a high percentage of humus. Humus helps soil particles forminto clusters, which create channels for the passage of air and improve its capacity to holdwater. Humic acid present in humus, provides binding sites for the plant nutrients but alsoreleases them to the plants upon demand. Humus is believed to aid in the prevention of harmful plant pathogens, fungi, nematodes and bacteria. Blueprint for a SuccessfulVermiculture Compost System. Developed by Dan Holcombe and J.J. Longfellow 1995.