How to Use Worm castings (vermicompost)

Many of you that have jumped into the exciting world of worm farming and now have a bin full of rich and gorgeous Worm castings (vermicompost) (garden gold) or Bio humus. Lately, I've been sticking with the term "Worm castings (vermicompost)" as opposed to castings, because technically worm castings are just part of what you'll harvest from your worm bin.

Commercial companies somehow manage to separate "pure worm castings" from the rest of the compost -- how they manage to pull that off is a mystery to me. What I do know that when you and I raise worms to compost our kitchen scraps, we don't end up with pure castings. We end up with BioHumus (vermicompost); which is castings, bedding, worms, cocoons, partially decomposed organic matter, and whatever else is hanging around inside there.

Moving on, let's say that you've now harvested the goods (worm poop and all). Now what do you do with it? You may have noticed long before today that you have much less BioHumus (vermicompost) to work with as compared to the amount of compost you reap from an outdoor compost pile. That is as it should be; it just means that you'll want to be a little more selective about how you spread the goods around.  

Rather than just spreading it randomly throughout your garden and flower beds (as you might do with shovelfuls of compost) you'll want to reserve your BioHumus (vermicompost) for plants that need the nutrition the most at that time. The good news is that you don't need wheelbarrows full in order for plants to reap the benefits -- a little BioHumus (vermicompost) goes a long way.



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