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May 27, 2014
There is so much BS in the worm game that purchasing quality products and learning about making your own castings can be quite confusing.
You'll see many advertisers using claims like:
Here is an inside look at a very popular worm casting production model.
Producers using this system may not know better and will claim it's the best, but common sense will tell you otherwise. When making anything from scratch, the best ingredients will make the best outcome. For making worm castings the worm farmer should only be recycling waste not buying new ingredients to use like peat moss, that is just a waste! Why harvest a peat bog just to make castings when the best vermicompost comes from worms fed thermophilic compost?
Here is a quote from a Worm Farmer named Patrick G. Perry. on Pure Castings:
October 15, 2020
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October 16, 2019
Thanks for posting this Jeremy. I had kind of given up attempting to dissuade people on the forums of the misinformation being posted.
One of the BS things was people thinking they need to be getting a product that appeared to be ‘pure’ castings. As you have pointed out, this appearance is usually the result of commercial operations using large European or African worms. This are fed straight grains (wheat) in a base of peat moss. Some of this peat is from dubious sources. Two enormous producers I know of used locally harvested ‘certified’ organic peat, which actually harbors fungal pathogens (rust) which passes on to plants grown following a short digestive period by the worms. Paradoxically they could lose their OMRI status by using a more diverse and healthy feed. I saw some posts by self-proclaimed experts in the LOS crowd putting down vermicompost from certain (excellent) farms because they were not pure castings.
Another trend which I unsuccessfully argued against is the use of flow through composting worm digesters. Unless managed by someone well experienced with worms, the time of exposure to the feedstock is far too short for a good end result. Thank goodness that the trend has turned back to the use of bins, windrows or other large masses of bedding/feedstock left for ‘long’ periods (months). Some of our highest quality vermicompost came from bins that were top fed over several months where the worms had opportunity to ‘dive’ to totally digest all the feed.
The latest error, at least in my opinion, which I have read of lately is that the feedstock bedding must be dried to a certain point otherwise there will be insufficient air for the worms. I believe this comes from one farmer’s practice which has been promulgated far and wide. This BS has even been used to discourage people from feeding kitchen scraps containing too much moisture. In my experience with red wrigglers they flourished in the wet. They multiplied more in wet environments. We regularly wet our piles with a hose. Of course there is a point of being too wet which should be avoided but certainly don’t be afraid to feed your worms your vegetable scraps.
as a Canadian who frequently hunts these worms I can tell you that Canadian and European night crawlers are not the same worm. Canadian nightcrawlers ( Lumbricus terrestris) are not god for composting they require very cool temperatures and would certainly die outside of a refrigerator. they are huge worms bigger then Africans and are great for the garden and certainly have good castings. but the cool temperatures they require also means there a bit slower and less active except at nights in their natural environment. you can also find European nightcrawlers in Canada living in the same soil( this is probly were alot of the confusion comes from). European nightcrawlers (e. hortensis) are acutally more closely related to red wigglers(e.fetida) then other nightcrawlers. and are frequently found in compost piles just like wigglers. euros are primarily cultured for fishing as they do not eat as much as wigglers but they certainly can be used for composting and can survive in similar environments as wigglers. they work together in bins with wigglers very well. many red wiggler bins have euros in them and often don’t get noticed.
Wonderful and quite commendable,
Looking foward for your response,,,Thank you.
April 07, 2016
Excellent article. i am volunteering at Dignity Village, which is a tiny house cooperative community of formerly homeless people. They wanted to start a vermicomposting business. Since I have finished off my thermophilic composts with red worms for many years I advised them of this method. Just to be sure I was researching the subject and thank god came across your article. As you say its common sense “garbage in; garbage out” but its good to get a thorough explanation.
I have a question about separating the worms from the vermicompost. Is it necessary to get all of the worms out of the vermicompost that is to be sold. It would seem to be an advantage to have some worms and cocoons left in the vermicompost to go to work in whatever medium they land in. If separation does not have to be complete I was thinking of just drying out part of a row or bin and allowing most of the worms to travel to the part that is still moist.
Thanks for your help,
March 15, 2016
We are interested in having the castings we produce tested. Do you know how we could go about getting that done? We live in Northern Nevada. Thanks.
May 19, 2015
how to measure the bulk density of vermicompost, give the procedure of measure the bulk density of vermicompost,
November 24, 2014
Don’t fret, your soil will be just fine. This article is here to help people source the best, but that doesn’t mean that the other stuff is awful. It’s more of a good, better and best situation with Worm Castings.
November 17, 2014
I purchased some castings from a guy that said he mostly fed his worms plant based foods but supplemented with some “Worm Chow.” To my regret I’ve already mixed by soil with what in retrospect is SubPar humus. Would you recommend any way to ‘fix’ or help this soil out?
September 08, 2020
August 31, 2020
If you have been reading about cultivating indoors with organic soil then you've heard of SubCool's Super Soil. I admit to starting with this mix and thought I was really doing something special when I first went for it. I bought all the stuff and was really excited to use it.
My results were actually pretty good, but I've since moved on I think you should too.
Besides the "base soil" being purchased instead of made from scratch, I have many other issues. All in all this taking bagged soil and adding worm castings and nutrients isn't a bad idea, but it can be improved upon and money can be saved.
Here is the Recipe: 8 large bags of a high-quality organic potting soil with coco fiber and mycorrhizae (i.e., your base soil) 25 to 50 lbs of organic worm castings 5 lbs steamed bone meal 5 lbs Bloom bat guano 5 lbs blood meal 3 lbs rock phosphate ¾ cup Epson salts ½ cup sweet lime (dolomite) ½ cup azomite (trace elements) 2 tbsp powdered humic acid
Now I'll go through each item: Read more.....
August 03, 2020