Benefits of Worm
Plants grown in soil treated with Worm Tea
are more nutritious than plants grown in soil treated
with chemical fertilizer. The food value of these
plants is increased due to the availability of minerals,
vitamins, enzymes and amino acids.
Worm Tea can remediate soil that has been damaged
by agricultural chemicals. With repeated application
the microbes will adapt to the soil as well as convert and metabolize
organic and inorganic chemicals. They will also sequester
heavy metals not required by plants.
Worm Tea can treat lawns affected with thatch,
which is a condition caused by sterility in the underlying
soil. Chemicals usually cause sterility. Worm Tea
will repopulate the soil with microbes, enrich the
roots and break down the thatch turning it into food
for the grass.
Worm Tea applied to the soil improves water
retention. Many of the microbes manufacture protective
mucus that acts as glue to agglomerate soil particles.
Microbial colonies also make a bio-slime that is mostly
water and is retained to protect the colony The water
retentive property of healthy soil can be 3-4 times
greater than unhealthy soil.
Worm Tea applied along with insoluble granulated
or powdered minerals such as granite, limestone, rock phosphate,
etc will supply 95% of everything the soil
needs. The other 5% is organic material applied as
mulch or litter on the surface of the soil or as dead
root material under the soil surface.
The microbes in Worm Tea turn organic matter
into humus, storing energy for later use. This is
the basic unit of soil fertility.
The microbes in Worm Tea feed other organisms
in the soil food chain. Protozoa and nematodes feed
on bacteria and fungi directly while worms ingest
bacteria laden soil particles. All life in the soil
depends on microbes, directly or indirectly.
Worm Tea applied as a foliar spray will act
as a fertilizer. Plants will produce more foliage
and larger stems. This is a good treatment for plants
that are stressed or lacking enough sun.
Worm Tea applied to a compost pile will accelerate
the breakdown of plant material reducing the amount
of time to make compost. It can also be used to re-inoculate
the pile after it has gone through its hot phase,
which inactivates or kills many of the beneficial
microbes. Re-inoculation increases the population
of beneficial microbes, which continue to breakdown
organic matter and form humus.