Chard and other vegetables are growing amazingly well in soil enriched with worms and worm castings

by Stephan
(Cape Town and Radevormwald)

Worm castings have an amazing ability to improve the fertility of even the poorest of soils. When we moved into our home years ago the soil in our backyard consisted basically only of sand which is not uncommon in our area here in Cape Town.

We started immediately to get some life into the soil as it was nearly an impossible task to grow nice produce in the sand.

Due to the fact that my worm farming endeavors produced way more worms and worm castings than we needed we added regularly worms and worm castings to the soil in our back garden. In addition we introduced organic matter like kitchen scraps and lawn clippings from the neighbourhood which acted as food for the worms and further imrpoved the soil in our garden.

Within a few month our poor and sad sandy back yard started to produce a wonderful mix of fruit and vegetables which we grew nearly entirely from seeds.

The picture of some of our swiss chard plants and the rocket lettuce speak for themselves :-)

Just a few worms, worm castings and some organic waste material added to soil can have a great effect and help plants to flourish.

This is as a different kind of worm composting that allows you to virtually recycle all your organic matter that your household produces.

As spring is not that far away in the northern hemisphere consider to get a small worm farm started to be ready for the growing season!

Keep on recycling and happy worming :-)

Stephan Kloppert

Author of "How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget"

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