If you are in the market for a new type of soil, one that will help your plants grow better and produce more, then worm compost may be the answer. In this article, we'll break down some of the differences between regular soil and worm compost so that you can make an informed decision as to which is best for you and your garden!
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Composting is a natural way to fertilize plants. It is a process that can take months to complete, but the end product has quite an impact. Traditional soil may contain toxins such as pesticides or herbicides, which will be absorbed by your plants and could have adverse effects in the long term. Worm compost would not contain any of these chemicals from traditional soil because they are processed through the worms' digestive system.
Compost comprises many different materials, some inorganic and others organic which act as a natural fertilizer for your garden plants. The result may have an unpleasant smell at first but will eventually break down into something that smells earthy and pleasant - just like the soil in your garden! Worm composting also creates worm castings rich in nutrients and can be applied to the ground as an organic fertilizer.
The end product of worm compost is a perfect blend of everything you need for your plants: water retention, airflow, drainage, and nutrient-rich earth. Worm castings also help reduce your reliance on fertilizers from traditional sources, which could have potential hazards to your health.
Worm composting is easy and doesn't cost anything:
Worm composting is relatively easy to do and doesn't have many costs associated with it. All you need is some good-quality worms, a storage bin or container for your composting mix, and the ingredients.
The benefits of worm compost are many:
Worms produce castings that grow food better than any artificial fertilizer could ever hope to do. The end product of worm compost is a perfect blend of everything you would need for your plants.
The pros outweigh the cons:
Worms are hardworking and will help you break down any leftover food scraps.
A simple solution to overly-fertile soil:
When your compost gets too fertile, adding dirt or another substance to balance the nutrients in it is an excellent way of keeping things healthy and balanced. This is something that worm composting can also do for you without having to buy a new supply.
Batches are easy to make:
Worm composting is great for any size garden and can be done in batches so that you don't have to invest too much time at once. The ease of this process means that it's a perfect solution when things get busy!
Worms will eat just about any food leftovers you have in your kitchen. This can include:
This means that there's never a need to worry about food going bad in your fridge again! Waste not, want not. ;)
When it comes down to the final product: worm compost is far superior as it can produce more than twice the amount of nutrients than regular soil.
The average worm compost yields about 50% more nitrogen, 100% more phosphorus, and 200-300% more potassium! It also provides an outstanding balance of calcium for healthy plant roots in need of nutrients.
Regular soil is not as nutrient-rich because it lacks the microbes necessary for chemical reactions to occur within the ground.
You don't need much space for a worm bin. Worm bins are small and compact, making them excellent for indoors or outdoors alike.
They can be placed on a balcony or in your backyard.
The best part about worm compost is that it's easy to make and requires too much investment upfront.
Regular soil takes time for the microbes to work their magic, but with worm compost, you don't have to wait because they are already at work when converting food scraps into nutrient-rich fertilizer.
It doesn't require a lot of time and labor to maintain it, either. You can harvest the worm compost in just three months or so!
Regular soil is less efficient than worm compost because there's more maintenance involved with regular soil that requires you to water often - but not with worm compost which only needs watering every month or two.
Regular soil can also get heavy and wet as it decomposes, but with worm compost, you don't have to worry about this because of the B-vitamins naturally present in the castings.
Worm compost is easy for just about anyone to make, too - even if you're not an avid gardener.
Worms also aerate the soil, which adds more oxygen for healthy plant growth!
When you add worm castings(worm poop) to your garden, they release nitrogen that helps grow new plants.
You can use worm compost in containers without worrying about over-fertilizing your plants.
Worm compost has a ton of benefits compared to regular soil. Not only is it cheap and very accessible, these composts pack a serious punch when it comes to benefits for your plants and gardens! Never worry about oxygen and nitrogen for your plants again! Instead, watch as the compost soil grows beautiful new plants in your garden!