Prep your gardens and plantings for what I believe will be an early spring planting season using Vermicomposting—worm power. Beneficial composting practices for your gardening usage.

Hi, all,

Today's post is on the practice of vermicomposting which is very well described by Wikipedia as: Wikipedia Vermicomposting link 

"Vermicompost is the product or process of composting utilizing various species of worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and earthworms to create a heterogeneous mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast. Vermicast, similarly known as worm castings, worm humus or worm manure, is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by a species of earthworm.[1]

Containing water-soluble nutrients, vermicompost is an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner.[2] The process of producing vermicompost is called vermicomposting."

The use of vermicompost is quite useful for a well balanced nutrient rich soil for gardens and plantings.  It has an already established beneficial biological content, bacteria, fungi, mold, nematodes, etc. that your plants will thrive on and with a good quality one it could control soil pathogens. 

A very good video to watch describing the process and benefits for those who are interested is: vermicomposting video

A small composting set up can be achieved in your own home/kitchen. You just need a container, worms, and the proper ingredients. Take a look at the Wikipedia link above for a basic recipe.  There are a number of worm sources online and one somewhat locally but I don't want to favor one over the other, although I have been told by plant pathology sources at Longwood Gardens that a good commercial producer of Vermicompost is "Worm Power." 

For other topic information take a look at my Garden Blog and my Ferret Hollow Gardens website.

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Stephen Coan February 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM
For More information contact me: Stephen Coan Stephen Coan llc at Ferret Hollow Gardens Landscape Design, Installation, and Consulting 267-251-5855 garden@ferrethollow.com www.ferrethollowgardens.com http://www.stephencoan.com/blog/ http://stephencoanllcatferrethollowgardens.brandyourself.com


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