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Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
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Hello All,I recently read a study from Cornell that showed minimal benefit in a garden setting from using castings as fertilizer.  I was very surprised.  Has anyone seen an update on this ?Thank youContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barb Jun 16, 2014.

 

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Martin replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"I've always thought Worm Castings made a fine natural chemical free fertilizer."
Jun 6, 2014
Ryin replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"Ive used VC only as seed starting material. It holds water well, but in a seed starting tray with a humidity dome, it also encourages mold growth. I've since stopped using it as a pure starting mix. Coir works better for me personally. Its done…"
Apr 26, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"Indeed ~ One can never learn enough, great to see it plainly set out and easy to follow for the average enthusiast......IC"
Apr 23, 2014
Daniel J Kline replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"Thank you, Allison! I love having the work of the scientists! Keep it coming! This paper helps me explain the results I was getting."
Apr 22, 2014
Ian Carruthers replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"For seeds 15-30% VC is good anything more than that is wasted, Larry G. consider adding to your finished vermicast, blood meal, feather meal, cottonseed cake, rock dust (different types) bone meal etc for a better nutrient boost. ....IC"
Apr 22, 2014
George replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"That is interesting Liz, thanks. I guess peat will no longer be part of my components."
Apr 15, 2014
Liz Fisher replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"Read this article about Peat Moss by the Dirt Doctor http://www.dirtdoctor.com/Peat-Moss-Use-Should-End-Newsletter_vq5089.htm. It is very interesting.."
Apr 15, 2014
Allison Jack replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"Thought this would be of interest to the group. Hope it is OK to upload it for non-commercial use. If I hear otherwise, I will take it down. And Charles, were you referring to the vermicompost page at Cornell? We were working with commercial farms.…"
Apr 14, 2014
Allison Jack replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"As one of the study's authors, let me clarify. Vermicompost has great benefits as a fertilizer. Please see all of our fact sheets on greenhouse vegetable use and the paper in Applied Soil Ecology (linked on site). Overall, it is relatively low…"
Apr 14, 2014
Joseph Despins replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"I would use fish fertilizer but the smell attracts raccoons that dig up my containers."
Apr 12, 2014
Daniel J Kline replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"Thanks for posting!"
Mar 26, 2014
Milt replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
Mar 26, 2014
Ar-Pharazon replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"Yeah, VC shouldn't be thought of as the one and only thing you give your plants.  VC for soil health and therefore plant health.  Fertilizer for nutrition. Like, the plant needs a good home to live in, and good food to eat. Try to…"
Mar 26, 2014
Daniel J Kline replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"Can you share the link? This is very interesting, especially that the best average numbers seem to come from kitchen prep residue, which is where most household hobby is top in N and K, both of which are of high need in most plants. Of course,…"
Mar 26, 2014
Jill replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"Sounds like you were looking for something much more official...buttttt..... Study from my small garden- early in the season pictured above. Plants on left started in vermicompost mix and got a handful every month.Plants on the right started in…"
Mar 25, 2014
Daniel J Kline replied to Charles Vannette's discussion Effectiveness of castings as fertilizer
"Recently I mixed a cheap store bought potting soil, peat moss, perlite + vermiculite, and worm castings in a mix where each was same measure, roughly 1/4 each. I tossed in a handful of Irontone for each gallon. This got mixed & I filled small…"
Mar 25, 2014

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When did you start composting with worms?
June 24, 2005
What do your worms like to eat?
just starting again. Last time they liked melons
What kinds of worms do you have?
redworms, unknown type
What worm bins do you use?
rubbermade
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
just starting out
About Me:
I live in Newaygo Michigan and enjoy building up the sandy soil here.

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