Worm castings are they different from vermicompost?
Lets start with a little lesson…
“Vermi” is derived from the latin word vermis also known as “worm” to us modern day folks. Compost is a mixture of decaying organic substances. So put them together we have a method of composting with worms! Rotting and spoiled food is bad for humans yet is considered a nutritious meal for worms! The food they consume passes through their digestive tract producing a byproduct full of beneficial microbes and nutrients. This byproduct can then be recycled back into the soil which continues the cyclic pattern of organic growth that brings soil to life!
Worm casting (worm poop) are indeed a bit different from vermicompost. They are the direct result of the worms gut…yep they are the worm poo! You get castings .by completing a process of separating the little turds from the unprocessed materials in a worm bin aka their home. Vermicompost is basically a mixture of worm castings, partially composted wastes, and any resistant materials that won’t readily break down. A high quality vermicompost should have a very high percentage of castings in it
Worm castings are a natural organic fertilizer that benefit your plants or gardens. Castings also have up to 10 times more nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium than just regular topsoil. Castings also contain trace elements and micro-nutrients along with beneficial micro-organisms that is the best plant growth enhancer known. Don’t buy chemical fertilizers when you can get worm castings that are much better for your plants and garden. Castings will not burn your plants at any strength and will also help retain moisture in your soil