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"worm tea" – About & How

"Wormtea" – Nature’s Organic Liquid Fertilizer!

It’s time to consider the wonders of "worm tea", the alternative to commercial fertilizers. First, do not drink "worm tea" – it is a microbial and nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden.

Why use "worm tea"? Add it to your soil to build up the nutrient and mineral content. While chemical and store bought fertilizers are effective in the short term, they deplete the productivity and fertility of the soil in the long term. If nitrogen levels in fertilizers are too high (above 10), these products harm the soil food web. "worm tea" contains:

  1. High nitrogen in a form readily usable as a plant fertilizer;
  2. Healthy bacteria and fungi which balance the pH in the soil as well as the different forms of nitrogen (nitrites, nitrates and ammonia) in the soil; and
  3. Plant exudates, natural chemicals that protect the plants from fungal diseases.

"Worm tea" is great to use on diseased, weak, or stressed plants and to condition your soil.

How to make "worm tea" for your plants? You can either make it yourself and use it fresh or purchase an expensive, aerated "worm tea". The WormWatcher provides you an easy-to-use, do-it-yourself tool to make fresh "worm tea" for your garden.When it is time to fertilize your garden, make fresh "worm tea" by simply lifting the lid and pouring water through the castings. The drainage, known as "worm tea," should be used within 4-5 hours and is not for drinking. Remember to dilute it by at least 10 parts of water to one part of drained liquid.

worm teaBoth inventors of the WormWatchers worked in science, so naturally they began experimenting with the tea. When they didn’t dilute the tea, the tea turned the leaves brown on the 8-inch mum plants that fall. The same mums became huge in the spring and summer. (Picture taken in May 2010 – 22 inches high!) We were thrilled to see butterfly bushes blooming in November after the bushes had become dormant.

 
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