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Red Wiggler Worms Composting and How to Make Worm Tea?

Updated on May 13, 2017
Worm Tea
Worm Tea

Have you heard about Worm tea? It is the most beneficial tea ever as it is full of nutrients that plants need. For quite sometime now, Farmers have been straining juices from worm composts and calling the collected liquid 'worm tea'. Worm Tea that is properly brewed should be odorless or it has an aroma of 'after rain' wet grass. Worm tea can be used as a liquid fertilizer sprayed directly on the soil, indoor potted plants and organic pesticide for organic gardening. Consider worm tea as a health drink for plants.

Worm Castings
Worm Castings

Actually, worm tea has been made and used by farmers for hundreds of years. Farmers have been using this method to fertilize the farm soil before industrial fertilizers has been invented, and the results of such natural process was just perfect. It is produced from Vermicast, which comes from composting piles of composting worms. It is terrific as a fertilizer for potted plants, it can be sprinkled all over the soil to improve its productivity, and also, to protect and strengthen the plants that you grow. The smell is somewhat similar to Earth aroma.

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Improvised Worm Tea Collector
Improvised Worm Tea Collector

Making Worm Tea

The process of producing worm tea is easy and will not take more than two simple steps for beginners. First, you have to filter the vermicast from Red Wiggler worms or any specie, you can do this by using filtering materials like nylon or for small amounts, an old sock will do. Second, you need to add water and oxygenated catalyst to the vermicast, simply to encourage the harmless and beneficial microbes to grow and be active. This can be enough to make worm tea, but sometimes you can make use of other ingredients to be added to the mixture. Those additional ingredients can include molasses or sea kelp. The oxygenating process is very essential to make the perfect worm tea, as it will continue for a day or so and it will be the factor that forces the useful materials within the mixture to flourish and give its full potentials.

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Worm Tea for your crops

After the worm tea is finished, it can be put into bottles or sprayers where you can pour or spray it on growing plants or directly into the soil to act as a natural fertilizer. The primary component of the worm tea is worm castings and wastes. A favorite specie to use as worms for castings are Red Wiggler composting worms. Red Wiggler worms' castings are excellent to be mixed into vermicasts which has full of nutrients that the soil needs for basic functions. When those organic substances get back to the soil, they act as the influencing factor that plants need to flourish. Worm tea will do wonders for your farm, it will make a major and positive difference in the productivity of your crops, the rate in which the plants grow and produce will be increased, the quality of plantations will be maximized and the taste of your vegetables will attest to it.

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      labnol 6 years ago

      This is very new for me!!

      :P enjoyed reading..

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      priyanka 8 years ago

      how do you make worm tea