Are you planning to grow organic vegetables this summer? Don’t forget the red wiggler composting worms. Or, at least, don’t forget worm castings, otherwise known as waste matter. This highly nutritious poop, for want of a better word, is filled with nutrients, in just the right amounts.
One benefit of organic produce is that it contains the full complement of micro nutrients, necessary for optimum health. In fact, in the years following World War II, one Hungarian researcher theorized that rising cancer rates in his country were due to chemical fertilizers. These worked to prevent trace nutrients from being absorbed by the growing plants, he believed.
Castings can greatly enrich your soil and add some life to your compost.
There are two options if you want to reap the benefits of using castings in your garden.
One is to buy live red worms, which feed on decaying matter. You’ll have plenty of this if you’re composting. These worms also help aerate the soil and nourish the roots.
Believe it or not, you can order live crawlers online. They will arrive at your house probably just a little worse for the wear, according to the manufacturer. You’ll definitely want to be home the day your package arrives, or ask a neighbor to retrieve it, because you don’t want your worms sitting for long in a stifling hot mailbox.
Red Composting Worms for Sale
In the United States, one of the leading suppliers of live red worms is Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm, which ships all over the country from Pennsylvania, except for Hawaii. The box shown here contains 1,000 live red composting worms, along with instructions on how to use them. This farm has been raising live worms for more than 40 years.
Worm Castings for Sale
Of course, the thought of dealing with live worms may not appeal to you. If that’s the case, there’s another option that will still furnish nutrients for your garden. Instead of buying worms, you can purchase just their castings.
Shown below is a 15-pound bag of organic worm castings. (Castings are also available in 4.5 and 30-pound bags.) These castings do not have an odor and they can be used on plants indoors as well as outdoors.