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Being a failure at home gardening was an embarrassing situation so every time I ventured out I avoided the glances. However, I needed a quick solution to save my garden and vegetables so I could put food on the table.
Fortunately a neighbor told me about worm compost tea and my gardening failure simply vanished. However, my brief encounter with a gardening disaster affected me so strongly I’ve decided to share my recent success to you, so let’s delve into what worm compost tea is all about.
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- What is Worm Compost Tea?
- Worm Tea Vs Worm Castings?
- Leachate vs. Worm Compost Tea
- How to Make Worm Compost Tea
- How to Use Worm Tea
- Final Thoughts
What is Worm Compost Tea?
Worm Tea Vs Worm Castings?
By now we should be able to easily tell the difference between worm tea and worm castings.
We now know that worm tea is produced from worm castings that have been steeped in water overnight and before use, it is thoroughly diluted with about 5 gallons of water before it can be applied to the soil in its “liquid gold” form.
Solid Worm Castings
Worm castings on the other hand is solid waste formed from the excretions of earthworms and in their pure form contain a myriad of organic materials which can actually add nutrients not only to plants but also as a supplement for poor soil.
This means it can be used in its raw form to revitalize poor soil by its nutritious presence in the soil.
More important is that it contains large quantities of plant nutrients such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium and magnesium among other plant nutrients.
More important is that it contains large quantities of plant nutrients such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium and magnesium among other plant nutrients. #worms, #composting, #prepping
Liberal Amounts of Both Won’t Harm Plants
Being in liquid form that contains all the plant nutrients present in worm castings, you would be able to drench your garden bed with the liquid gold and be assured your plants would get all the nutrients they need.
You don’t have to be careful how you apply it because you can wet the roots, stems and even the leaves without any detrimental consequences.
Make sure however that you dilute it well with a copious amount of water (five gallons over and above the amount you have in the bucket you use for seeping should do it).
From Solid to Nutrient in a Jiffy
We also know that because worm castings are in solid form, plant nutrients contained in them are also in solid form but are soluble.
So while worm tea already contains the plant nutrients in solution, the nutrients in worm castings are yet to be dissolved so plants can use them. But here’s the beauty about these soil and plant boosters.
Both of them can be directly applied to the soil in their present state.
The Best Nutrient Provider on the Planet
Worm castings can be placed in the soil in as much quantity as is needed and don’t be too finicky or worried when you apply it to your soil.
They will be absorbed into the soil the minute they hit the surface and as for burning the roots or plant stems, forget it!
Once they’re in the soil they’ll do wonders to your vegetable or crop by boosting their growth with its arsenal full of all kinds of nutrients.
By the way, you can also find carbon, nitrogen, zinc, iron, copper, cobalt, borax and…embedded in worm castings to nourish your veggies with or whatever you’re growing.
Leachate vs. Worm Compost Tea
What is it?
The Reason Why
- NEVER use the leachate if it exudes a bad smell and don’t just dump it anywhere and certainly not on plants along the driveway or roadway where it can quickly drain into drainage gutters and away from homes.
- ALWAYS dilute leachate with lots of water in the ratio of 10:1 or 10 parts of water to 1 part of leachate.
- AERATE the leachate and add more oxygen to improve its quality if you have the equipment, otherwise, safely dispose of it as quickly as you can.
- ALWAYS use outdoors to water only your shrubs, decorative or flowering plants.
- DO NOT use it on plants like vegetable plants and fruits which you intend to eat.
A method packed with plant nutrients you never thought existed known as “worm tea”. #gardentips, #compost, #allotment, #preppers
How to Make Worm Compost Tea
- Porous Mesh tea bag – any type of bag or cloth which will hold the castings as it’s seeped in water
- Use rainwater, pond water or distilled water (must not be chlorinated)
- Bucket (with 5 gallon holding capacity will be ideal)
- Worm castings (the castings should fill about one tenth of the bucket)
- Organic Molasses (optional)
- Aquarium pump with aeration stone, fish tank bubbler
- Watering Can, spray bottle or other container to distribute the worm compost tea
- Fill up the porous tea bag with worm castings or vermicompost
- Steep the bag with content using the types of water recommended above
- Allow the bag to be immersed underwater overnight. A light brown color means the worm tea is ready for use. Mind you, aerated water spurs microbe activity in the bucket so you could use a bubbler to add more oxygen to your worm tea solution.
- Dilute the worm tea with more water. First, remove everything from the bucket containing the worm tea and add five gallons of water to your one bucket of worm tea.
How to Use Worm Tea
Clogging up of the sprayer has been known to happen so use a strain to rid your tea of lumpy material that might clog up your sprayer.
It doesn’t just boost the soil, it also prevents disease from gaining a foothold on your soil or plants.
The swimming microorganisms in it also need oxygen to survive so be kind and let oxygen in. To be on the safe side, it would be better if you use a new batch of tea each time you water your plants.