Using Worm Castings

Using Worm Castings

Soil & Compost, Vermicomposting
Worm castings are a useful additive to any garden. You will see exceptional results in the color, quality and quantity of all your fruit, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants. Castings are interesting in that they can be used pure as organic fertilizer or as an additive to you own favorite potting mix. You cannot harm plants by using worm castings. The pH is neutral (7) and therefore suitable for most types of plants form azaleas to orchids. [caption id="attachment_3140" align="alignright" width="300"] earthworm castings can be collected from your yard after a good rain.[/caption] Castings are a great way to incorporate the beneficial effects that earthworms can bring to your garden in a convenient, cheap and easy manner. The following methods are typical of the many different ways to use worm…
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Grow Your Own Nitrogen

Grow Your Own Nitrogen

Soil & Compost
Nitrogen (N) helps plants use carbohydrates to gain energy, like certain foods we eat help us to gain energy. Nitrogen controls how plants take their form and how they function inside, and nitrogen helps plants make protein that help them grow strong and healthy. Humans and animals benefit from eating vegetables and plants that are rich in nitrogen because proteins are passed on to humans and animals when they eat vegetables and plants. Leguminous plants such as beans, peas, clover, alfalfa and vetch actually generate nitrogen in the soil. Rhizobia bacteria that grow on the roots of these plants take nitrogen from the air and make it available to the plant. In turn, the plant gives the Rhizobia the carbohydrates they need to grow. This give and take between different…
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