While there is still a lot that scientists don’t quite understand about Earth Worms, it is widely known and accepted that they are beneficial in every sense. Their activity in the soil, offers many benefits: increased nutrient availability, better drainage, and a more stable soil structure, all of which help improve farm productivity.
Improved nutrient availability
Worm’s feed on plant debris (dead roots, leaves, grasses, manure) and soil. Their digestive system concentrates the organic and mineral constituents in the food they eat, so their casts are richer in available nutrients than the soil around them. Nitrogen in the casts is readily available to plants. Worm bodies decompose rapidly, further contributing to the nitrogen content of soil. New Zealand research shows that worm casts release four times more phosphorus than does surface soil. Worms often leave their nutrient-rich casts in their tunnels, providing a favourable environment for plant root growth. The tunnels also allow roots to penetrate deeper into the soil, where they can reach extra moisture and nutrients. Earthworm tunnelling can help incorporate surface applied lime and fertiliser into the soil.
The extensive channelling and burrowing by earthworms loosens and aerates the soil and improves soil drainage. Soils with earthworms drain up to 10 times faster than soils without earthworms. In zero-till soils, where worm populations are high, water infiltration can be up to 6 times greater than in cultivated soils.
Improved soil structure
Earthworm casts cement soil particles together in water-stable aggregates. These are able to store moisture without dispersing. Research has shown that earthworms which leave their casts on the soil surface rebuild topsoil. In favourable conditions they can bring up about 50 t/ha annually, enough to form a layer 5 mm deep. One trial found worms built an 18-cm thick topsoil in 30 years.
Research into earthworms in New Zealand and Tasmania found earthworms introduced to worm-free perennial pastures produced an initial increase of 70–80% in pasture growth, with a long-term 25% increase: this raised stock carrying capacity. Researchers also found that the most productive pastures in the worm trials had up to 7 million worms per hectare, weighing 2.4 tonnes. There was a close correlation between pasture productivity and total worm weight, with some 170 kg of worms for every tonne of annual dry matter production.
KNOWING ALL THIS, it makes sense to include a worm fueled product as part of your regime. STIMULATOR is naturally high in Humus and Carbon, we have taken the power of the worm and supercharged it – by feeding our worms a premium blend of organic compost, made onsite. We then capture the resultant liquid as it leaches out from the beds, creating STIMULATOR. Plant ready nutrition.
While that may sound simple, a lot goes into ensuring the worms are housed in the most ideal environment and conditions to make certain they remain happy and healthy throughout their life cycle. It is a labour of love and we are passionate about creating the most premium product possible, by tending carefully to every element that goes into our compost, worms and worm beds.
Uses for Organic Liquid Worm Castings:
- Can be used as a seed soak, soil addition, foliar spray (incredibly effective) and seedling soak
- Reduces transplant shock
- Provides plant ready nutrition
- Improves water retention
- Use on indoor or outdoor plants
- Has been proven in the agricultural sector for over 7 years. (Lets face it. Farmers do not spend money on products they don't see a result from)
- Reduces plant stress from external factors
- Provides amazing root growth
Price is for 2L container of liquid worm castings.
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