It’s Spring, and that means it’s a great time to apply compost to your soil!!! Look no further than supporting your friendly, Oakland-based worm composting cooperative. We’ve got some real good worm poop. We’re turning local vegetative food waste into an excellent organic fertilizer and soil amendment for all your urban gardening needs. We’ve got freshly harvested worm castings available to the public for a limited time only. Suggested donation is $40 for 2 gallons. You pick-up in Oakland or we can deliver within Alameda and SF counties. Hurry, our supply is going fast!!!!
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Benefits of Worm Castings/Vermicompost:
– Worm castings contain 5x nitrogen, 7x phosphorus, and 11x more potassium than ordinary soil, the main minerals needed for plant growth.
-Vermicompost has large numbers of beneficial soil micro-organisms, is rich in humic acids which condition the soil, and has a neutral pH balance. It’s the original organic fertilizer on earth!
– And the castings don’t contain any disease pathogens, such as E. coli or Salmonella. Pathogenic bacteria are reliably killed in the worm gut digestion process. This is one of the great benefits of composting with worms!
– In preparing garden beds, vermicompost generally goes about twice as far as ordinary (aerobic) compost, so use half as much.
-Vermicompost gives germinating seedlings a really good start in life.
– In pots and containers, don’t use pure vermicompost. About 25% of the growing mixture seems to be about ideal, but experiment — it might vary according to what you’re mixing.
– You can also use vermicompost to make “compost tea” liquid fertilizer. Mix two tablespoons of vermicompost with a liter of water and let it stand for a day, shaking it occasionally, then sprinkle under the plants.
– To help prevent transplant shock, especially bare-root transplants, spray them with a diluted compost tea solution, or let them soak in it for awhile.
– Don’t let the vermicompost dry out before using it — it loses a lot of its “living biotics” and resists wetting. If you store it, don’t use an airtight container. Store in a cool, dark place. It will keep for a year or more.