Worm Castings: What does it do for soil?

Worm Castings: What it does for soil

Worm castings are simply the absolute best fertilizer for gardens, grass, flowers, trees and shrubs. Worm castings are 100% natural and can never harm any plant no matter how little or how much you apply to the soil. It’s Fail Safe fertilizer.

Worm Castings will enrich any soil and enable plants to grow faster, healthier and produce more fruit. You can see the difference in days. It’s remarkable.

Now let’s talk about What Worm Castings are.

Worm Castings are simply the waste product from worms. Worms eat dead plant matter and digest it. Bacteria in the worm’s digestive track break down the plant matter. The waste that doesn’t get absorbed by the worm is high in Nitrogen and serves as fertilizer for plants. There are also enzymes in the waste that make it even more nutritious and easily absorbed by plants.

How to Use Worm Castings

First aerate or loosen the soil in the area you would like to fertilize like the garden or around trees. When the soil is aerated or tilled, it’s easier for the nutrients in worm castings to penetrate the soil when watered. Plant roots will be able to absorb the fertilizer faster and easier when using this fertilizing method.

Now apply as much worm castings as you want to the top of the loosened soil. I usually add about 1 ” of worm castings to my garden and around my trees. Then I use a trowel or hand rake to mix the castings into the loose soil. I then add a little more to the top of the soil.

You can also just apply the worm casting on top of the soil and do nothing else. I have done this when the soil is rock hard and difficult to aerate. It works very well this way too. I apply about 1″ on top of the soil above the root line of trees and plants. Don’t apply it around the base of any plant. That’s not where the roots are.

How to Store Worm Castings

The cardinal rule of storing worm castings is to never let it dry out. Keep it moist in a container with a lid. Store the container in a dark, cool location.

Where to Buy Worm Castings

You can usually buy worm castings locally. Worm farmers will sell castings and worms. I found a local worm farmer in Phoenix, AZ. The worms and castings are pretty cheap. You can also find online stores that sell worm castings in bags. Here is a link where you can buy worm castings…Buy at Amazon.com.

worm castings 5 lb bag

Are Electric Lawn Mowers Any Good?

Are Electric Lawn Mowers Any Good?

The short answer is YES.

I’ve had 2 corded electric lawn mowers and both were very good. I would buy them again if I needed to. I currently have an American Lawn Mower Co. 50514 14″ corded electric lawn mower. I bought it for just over $100 delivered to my front door.

Electric Mower 14"

Why Buy an Electric Lawn Mower?

  1. Cost – corded electric lawn mowers are very inexpensive compared to a gas lawn mower. The price range is $90 – $300 depending on the make and model.
  2. Low Noise – I enjoy peace and quiet and so a loud lawn mower would not make me happy. It’s bad enough I hear the neighbors landscapers running gas powered weed wackers early on Saturday morning. It’s annoying! Electric lawn mowers are pretty quiet.
  3. Light Weight – I think my lawn mower weighs about 20 lbs. I can pick it up with one hand and carry it around. It’s also very easy to push.
  4. Compact Designs – electric motors are smaller than gas engines which makes them more compact and easier to store. I can store mine inside a trunk on the patio.
  5. No Gas or Oil – gas and oil are not human friendly chemicals and they are also flammable. I prefer to not have them around the house.
  6. No Exhaust Fumes – I can do without that blue oily smoke that comes out of a 2 cycle gas engine.
  7. Powerful – electric motors can produce as much power as gas engines. My electric lawn mower has a 11 amp motor and mows down grass and weeds easily. It mulches the clippings up nicely for the compost pile.
  8. Low Maintenance – just about zero maintenance for on an electric mower…just sharpen the blade and clean it off. Gas lawn mowers need the oil changed, spark plugs replaced, air filter replaced or cleaned and a gas/oil mixture for fuel. If water gets in the fuel tank, then you have to flush the fuel system. That’s not fun at all.

Bottom Line: a good electric lawn mower will perform as well as a gas mower. You don’t need to sacrifice anything. Your ears will thank you. Check out the Best Inexpensive Lawn Mower.

What is the Best Inexpensive Lawn Mower?

What is the best inexpensive lawn mower?

It depends on whether you want a gas powered lawn mower or electric. Keep in mind that electric lawn mowers are cheaper than gas powered.

I’ll tell you what I bought but let me give you a little background information first. Just a sneak peak…I bought an electric lawn mower for a little over $100.

I recently started growing grass in my backyard again after having dirt for about 5 years. So now I have some grass and a lot of weeds. I tried to pull the weeds out but this seemed to be a never ending chore and it was not fun.

So now I decided to regrow Bermuda Grass in the backyard to cover the dirt and choke out the weeds. The grass that is already there is growing tall along with the weeds, so I needed a lawn mower. I have been wanting to compost for a long time and now this will provide the material. It kills 2 birds with 1 stone.

Backyard overgrown weeds and grass

Here’s my backyard. The weeds and grass are really overgrown. The American Lawn Mower Co. 50514 did a great job of turning everything into a nice mulch.

I looked at electric lawn mowers because they are quieter, lighter weight and generally cheaper. Plus I don’t have to deal with gasoline and oil.

There are quite a few good ones but the price can get to $250+ easily. GreenWorks, American Lawn Mower Co, Black & Decker and Sun Joe offer some really nice models at low prices. The price really goes up when you get a bigger mower in terms of width of the blade. I bought a 14″. If I wanted a 21″ mower, it would have cost quite a bit more. 14″ works great for me since I have a small backyard, 47′ x 25′.

So anyway, I bought a American Lawn Mower Co 50514 14″ electric mower. I paid $117 for it from Amazon.com. I will tell you right now…I LOVE IT.

Here is a link to buy the American Lawn Mower 50514….Buy at Amazon.com

American Lawn Mower 50514 Features

  • Electric powered 11 amp motor
  • 14″ cutting width
  • 9 Gal Grass catcher
  • Mulching type blade
  • Lightweight (probably around 20 lbs)
  • Cheap $117.00 delivered to my front door
  • Compact design – can store it anywhere.
  • 5 grass height adjustment settings from 1″ to 2.5″
  • Adjustable handle height
  • Easy assembly – no tools needed, about 15 minutes to complete
  • Cord retention hook to keep power cord from pulling out
  • Ergo cushioned handle
  • 7″ easy roll composite wheels
  • Cool looking design – black and silver
  • Cord powered – can keep cutting until it’s done
  • 2 year manufacturers warranty

So I got this lawn mower about a week ago and used it the same weekend that I received it. I was excited to see how well it would mow down my tall weeds and turn them into mulch.

Backyard weeds and grass after mowing

You can see the path the 50514 made in the grass/weeds.

The 50514 did a really good job, even on my overgrown weed infested yard. The weeds were about 2 feet high and really big in diameter. The 50514 really cut them down. The electric motor has some power. I took it slow and in narrow swaths. The mulch in the catcher was nice and finely chopped.

How to Fertilize Soil – easy and simple

How to Fertilize Soil – gardens and grass

Fertilizing soil is pretty easy. The hardest part is figuring out what fertilizer you need and that depends on the plants you are growing and the soil type. So do some research before you go shopping for fertilizers.

Most plants do really well with just compost or worm castings. These 2 fertilizers provide more nutrients than any other fertilizers like say…10-10-5 fertilizer. If you go with compost or worm castings, you can spread it around your plants in any amount you like. Compost and worm castings will never harm your plants no matter how much you apply. You can use it like mulch and leave it on top of the soil or mix it in with the soil.

Some plants like strawberries prefer acidic soils. If your strawberry garden does not have acidic soil then you might have to add some Ammonium Phosphate 16-20-0 and a soil sulfur. The ideal pH is around 6.0 – 6.1.

A general all-purpose fertilizer would be something like 5-5-5. It’s a well balanced fertilizer. It comes in organic and non-organic flavors. It’s always best to select Organic.

You can apply fertilizer to your soil and leave it on top or turn the soil. Either way will work since water will pull the fertilizer down through the soil. I recommend using gloves when applying fertilizers.