Worm Tea is when you put worm castings in a tea bag or straight in water and let it sit for 4 hours to 24 hours, this allows the castings to oxygenate. The extra oxygen causes a bloom of the good bacteria, plus the added benefit of nitrogen, phosphate, calcium, magnesium and potash. The liquid that drains out of a worm composting bin is actually called leachate because it is the result of liquid that leaches through the castings or compost bin.
In these two mason jars, I filled them with water, then put potting soil on the left and worm castings on the right. I let them sit over night. Look at the amazing difference. The left side is almost clear. the right is full of good stuff! all that nitrogen, phosphate, calcium, and magnesium!
I am going to take some samples to a soil tester this winter so I can tell you exactly what is in there. we are also planning some more comparison studies to stress the importance and value of these castings!
8 reasons why worm castings are important!
- a natural repellent for scale, mites, white flies, and aphids
- natural fungicide in soil and on plant surfaces
- increase in plant stem size and foliage
acts as a soil conditioner
- will not burn plants
- creates healthy soil for healthy plants
- aides in the creation of colloidal humus
- grows healthier fruits and vegetables than those treated with chemical fertilizers
improves water retention in soil
- reduces the amount of waste going to the landfill! Always good!