Vermicompost is great for your plants, garden, yard and soil. Vermicompost is full of nutrients that are readily available to your plants thanks to the worm’s digestion. The high amounts of humus also helps to improve the soil structure and improve drainage in heavy soils. It can also help to add beneficial bacteria and microorganisms to your soil and garden.
Vermicompost is so densely packed with nutrients that if used straight it can burn plants. That is why it is best to mix no more than half vermicompost into your soil mixtures. Alternately you can add a quarter to half inch layer of vermicompost to the top of your soils.
Some bins have a bottom tray that collects liquids. These liquids are not fully turned into fertilizer. They can be added back into the top of the bin, but shouldn’t be used on plants.
Places to use Vermicompost:
- Add a thin layer to house plants
- Top dress your lawn
- Mix into garden soils before planting
- Add to the hole when planting seeds or plants
- Add a layer to garden plants
- Soak Vermicompost in water to make a liquid fertilizer
Uses for worms
Red wriggler worms from your bin need large amounts of organic material to survive so they will not survive long term in your garden soil. If added to the garden they will help to aerate and mix nutrients into the soil in the short term. They can help you out in compost and leave piles.
Composting worms are a great source of feeding worms for reptiles, birds, and fish. They are also commonly sold as bait for fishing.