The power of Worm Castings

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VERSUS:
Compost

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Restore vitality to depleted soil and recycles organic waste

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Contaminants such as diseased plants, molds, or anything chemically treated can infect the entire compost pile

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Food scraps yield nitrogen and scraps yield carbon

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Labour intensive, need to turn and monitor the materials

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As the compost heat up, beneficial microbes are often killed off

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Chemical Fertilizers

Chemical fertilizers are not in plant-available form. They need to be converted and much is lost in the process. That is why there is always so much excess with chemical fertilizers. They also do no provide many things that healthy plants needed to grow (plant hormones, humic acids, etc.)

Contain acids, including harmful sulfuric and hydrochloric acids

Prevents water absorption, causes soil degradation

Affect pH and kills beneficial microbes necessary to fortify plants with natural immunity

Dangerous for environment, resulting in poisoning water, plant life, birds and mammals

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Manure

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Extremely smelly

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Must be aged to allow high acid levels to dissipate and reduce pathogens

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Lengthy process to age the manure – at least six months

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Chicken Manure

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Excellent full-circle fertilizer for people that keeps chickens

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Average hen can produce one cubic foot of manure every 6 months

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Needs to be aged (4-12 months) like other manures for combining with carbon-based matter like fallen leaves or dry grass clippings

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High nitrogen levels can have detrimental effects for most plants

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Bat Guano

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Soil conditioner used as a top dressing or made into a tea

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Improves drainage and texture

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Could be harmful if too much applied due to its high nitrogen level

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Very expensive

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May be difficult to obtain product

Sources can be found in our Informational Sources page