Want to water your garden less, even in the driest months of the year? Want to know that your garden's soil can hold onto the nutrients you apply in the form of fertilizer? Then you need to put down some vermicompost, also known as worm compost or worm castings.
Before I get into the amazing benefits of Worm Compost, I just want to say that putting down any compost will help your soil hold onto water better. If you've got sandy soil, adding organic matter (compost) will help keep water from running right on through. Even if you've got loamier soil, organic matter will provide HUGE benefits to your garden, especially helping it to hold onto water longer.
All that being said, we've found that the best type of compost for gardens is the compost made by worms-- Worm Compost. Not only does it lock water into your soil, it has beneficial microbes from the worms' digestive tracts that will help your garden flourish, both as a mild fertilizer and a disease suppressant.
According to a study at Cornell University, it's been "shown that beneficial microbes in vermicompost can colonize a seed's surface and protect it from infection by releasing a substance that interferes with the chemical signaling between the host and the pathogen."
To buy some of our amazing Living Worm Compost, click here. Free local delivery in West Michigan (Kent, Ottawa, Allegan & Muskegon Counties).
Steve & Corey Veldheer are organic yard & garden specialists in west Michigan.