[Market-farming] Compost/Worm Castings

Mona Hayden monalh at mindspring.com
Sun Oct 26 08:36:04 EST 2003

How often do you replenish the worm castings in the soil?

> [Original Message]
> From: Joan Vibert <joan at windwalker-farm.com>
> To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 10/26/2003 7:31:35 AM
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Compost/Worm Castings
> > it was suggested to me that really anything over 20%
> > is basically a waste of your fertilizing properties.
> We began using worm castings last spring - I added them to our seed
> mix instead of compost and had wonderful results - quick germination and
> healthy seedlings.  Then it was added in handfuls "in the hole" at
> transplant out stage along with bone meal and soy meal.  Again the
> transplants were beautiful, grew well and I never got around to
> them at all this year and had good production.
> But my favorite test of this miracle stuff was in the hoophouse where I
> spread a layer of about 1/2" to 1" of worm castings and planted cucumbers
> April 1.  Those plants were very close together - I think I put in about
> plants in a 40" hoophouse.  They were amazing!  I tallied up the other day
> and I sold $850 worth of cucumber out of the hoophouse before the field
> grown cukes got going (which weren't as prolific).
> A month ago I cleaned the hoophouse, spread castings again and have great
> carrots, lettuce, greens mix, spinach, and all up and looking good.  The
> carrots germinated as fast as everything else.
> If anyone is near Kansas City I can give you the name of a guy who has
> castings stored in the caves in KC and his price is quite good.  I know
> there are folks all over with an abundance of castings and they don't know
> where to go to move them.
> Joan 
> Windwalker Farm
> Ottawa, Kansas
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