Using Worm Castings in Vegetable Gardens
What are Worm Castings?
Worm castings are a natural, organic soil amendment that is produced when earthworms digest organic material in the soil. Worm castings are high in beneficial microorganisms, which are necessary for healthy soil, resulting in healthier plants.
Benefits of Worm Castings
Worm castings improve soil structure, which can lead to:
- Increased water absorption and retention
- Better aeration
- Improved nutrient and mineral availability
- Increased beneficial microorganisms in the soil
- Improved nutrient uptake in plants
How to Use Worm Castings
- Mix 1-2 inches of worm castings into the top 6-8 inches of soil
- Mix 1 tablespoon of worm castings per gallon of water for an easy way to water plants
- Sprinkle 1/4-1/2 cup of worm castings on top of soil for a simple top dressing
Using worm castings in your vegetable garden is an excellent way to ensure healthier plants, increased water and nutrient retention, better aeration, and more beneficial microorganisms. A little bit goes a long way and can be used as a top dressing, mix it in the soil, or as a part of your watering routine.