Worm Casting Applications
You will find Wiggle Farm Worm Casting can serve in many helpful and rewarding ways while aiding in your growing needs. Whether you are growing or managing vegetables, fruit, flowers, landscaping with shrubs and grass or farming crops, Wiggle Farm Worm Casting will serve you well. It would be nice to say it’s a fix for all things but we don’t make that claim. We simply have found it to be beneficial in one form or another in every application we tested. But at the same time its done all types of wonderful things it doesn’t ward off Flea Beetles from eggplant leaves. We found old coffee and coffee grounds did the job. Please be sure and let us know about your experiences through our website www.WiggleFarm.com. Share your experience with us! Send us before and after photos with your Wiggle Farm Worm Casting and/or Tea gardening story to be used on our website and get 2 lbs of worm casting in return free of charge.
Keeping in mind there are multiple styles of usage, applications techniques and situations we can be faced with when gardening. Each of our final results is based on a number of relevant factors from the beginning to the end of the growing spectrum. Certain circumstances require special attention to details or certain response different with one plant(s) situation verses another plant(s). Realizing even human beings are in general treated much alike for a number of ailments, the fact remains we are different than others as well. And what works for the majority doesn’t always work for us. And so is it with plant(s) too, it takes time to undo the negative results we are experiencing and there is not a magic cure all. Plants much like humans expect and need to be shown love, attention and understanding. They are delicate and alive like you and I. They catch diseases, die for unknown reasons, overcome and rebound when least expected but still need food, shelter, clothing, love and attention. Though much different than us, yet all in a similar perspective the same. They have a desire to survive and produce if at all possible.
Potting Soil Mix
Mix one part Wiggle Farm Worm Casting with 5-6 parts regular soil.
For small garden plants (2-12 inches) use ½ cup of worm casting. ¼ cup in bottom of hole and ¼ cup spread on ground surface around stem out to drip line. This idea is to get immediate microbes working around the root area while also getting them on top of the surface to protect the stem area immediately as well.
Transplanting larger plants:
12-24 inches in height 1 ½ cups split between bottom of hole and ground surface
24-36 inches in height 3 cups split between bottom of hole and ground surface
36-60 inches in height 4 ½ cups split between bottom of hole and ground surface
60-84 inches in height 7 ½ cups split between bottom of hole and ground surface
For transplanting anything of heights higher than 84 inches use the recommendations of various heights added together to accomplish the desired height needed. (Note: In the event you feel a need to add a little additional casting to a transplant for any reason, please do so. Using extra casting will not burn the plant.)
Planting seeds in a row, hill or bed as recommended or as you prefer.
Cover seeds with small amount of worm casting ¼-1/2 cup per seed. You may find it useful in rows to simply hand-distribute the casting down the trench the seeds have been planted. You can also just in general rake over or cover seeds in a bed with the amount of casting in reference to seeds you are planting. Use additional soil to cover when needed to reach a deeper required seed depth.
Using as a side dressing and/or for plant types maintenance through out the year.
After all initial planting we recommend side dressing with the same amount of worm casting every 3-4 weeks throughout the growing season. We also recommend spraying with worm tea every 30 days. The worm tea makes direct contact with the foliage helping to ward off unwanted insects while increasing available plant nutrients and microbes to the leaves, branches and stem.
Using Worm Casting on your Lawn/ Turf Grass
Spread Worm Casting each spring and fall on your lawn. We have tested the small push, the small pull behind a lawnmower and the larger PTO driven seed/fertilizer spreaders. Both the push and pull smaller spreaders clogged easily in the small holes which the material is released. If you only have a small area to cover then a small spreader will work fine for ½ acre or less. Naturally you can use for any size but be prepared to unclog the material release holes numerous times during application. Our testing resulted in coverage of roughly 100-150 sq ft before clogging. For large areas using the larger PTO driven spreader does a fantastic job. If you don’t have one of these you have a few options you can consider. One option is renting a tractor and spreader from your local rental company. They also have pull spreaders available that you pull behind a vehicle and the spreader is driven by the axle the wheels run on. This is setup is similar to a rear wheel drive vehicle rear end and drive shaft. This type would allow you to pull with a vehicle you own, such as a mower, a 4 wheeler or other vehicle that would do the job. A second option to entertain is whether there is a farmer in your area who would be happy to spread the casting for you. Keep in mind in all situations you want to be sure the unit has been cleaned of previous materials from last job. The goal here is to reduce the risk of a small amount of previous unwanted seeds and/or other fertilizers being released into your lawn.
Our recommendation for using Worm Casting on your lawn is 5-15 pounds per 100 sq ft. Use 10-15lbs when seeding and according to soil conditions.
Use 5-10lbs as maintenance coverage starting in spring and ending fall. Again adjust to your soil conditions.
Spreading the raw worm casting is a way of treating and feeding your lawn in a slower time released way. You may also consider also using Worm Casting Tea through out the main summer growing season. We suggest spraying first early spring after you applied the first raw casting every 30 days until fall. Each lawn is different and will require a watchful eye for you to obtain your goal of having a beautiful lawn.
We have found using Worm Casting or Worm Casting Tea reduced the number of insects in our garden tremendously. After using it on our flowers, shrubbery and lawn we noticed fewer insects on or around them also. You get the picture; less insects outside ultimately means less insects getting inside your home. It is a win across the board.
General Noted Information
Our Worm Casting Tea has animal manure that has been composted before reaching the worms. This allows the breaking down of bad pathogens if any before they reach the worms. Worms then compost and digest and mix it with other feed to make it a very rich natural soil full of nutrients and other plant ready food. There are some government officials that have stated that animal manure must be composted before feeding it to the worms unless your products are going to be represented and sold as compost and compost tea.. Wiggle Farm Worm Casting or Worm Casting Tea is not compost or compost tea as all manure has been composted before being mixed with other feeds and fed to the our worms. We take all the steps we find necessary to make the final blend a very rich natural soil loaded with microbes and ready for all your growing needs in an all natural way