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This thread is in reply to a blog post by alan475 entitled "worm casts".
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry
Nov 17, 2014 6:45 AM CST
Hi Alan. I live in southcentral Pennsylvania, USA. I am in the heart of the dairy cow region. You would think we have nothing in common, but as gardeners I think we do! I do not know about worm casts, but I can tell you about cow manure and the two may be similar.

US Farmers have found that mixing FRESH cow manure with water and letting it stand to ferment in a big vat makes the manure MORE beneficial than simply applying fresh or composted (old, dried out) cow manure to their fields. This "liquid manure" is very high in nutrients and micro-organisms.

Since worm casts are the waste product of worms, just as cow manure is the waste product of cows, I would suggest that you try using FRESH casts, mixed with water, and allowed to stand. Manure/casts that lie exposed to sunlight, rain, etc. will have nutrients leach away. More importantly, I would think that micro-organisms in the manure/casts will be killed off by sunlight, drying. The micro-organisms are as important as the nutrients.

I don't know about adding fresh casts to existing "soup." I don't see why it would not work as long as you added fresh water along with the casts so the mix did not become too strong.
The end is nothing, the journey is all.

Nov 17, 2014 8:01 PM CST
Great to get message Annie. I am slightly different to a lot of ATP members in that I am looking at things on larger scale. I have a lot of trees and I'm always looking for that 'something' that will turn good trees into great ones.

I use poo big time anyway. The trees have had generous helpings of 'gap dam', rice hulls, pig poo, chicken poo, buffalo poo, cassava waste, sugar waste. The trees need a lot of nutrients but I don't want to buy chemical fertilizers like everyone else here seems to do. I also spray EM (which I make myself).

The reason that I'm thinking 'worms' is the sheer volume of them on one farm (I'll get some pics posted). There is so many that you couldn't walk without treading on them. However!! They accumulate over a few days until the older ones go to ground. I'm trying to dissuade the Thais coming onto the land to catch them there are that many. These are giant worms some of them up to 12/13 inches long. The Thais use them for catching the snake-head fish.

Thanks again for the input Annie; it's got me thinking again (oh no!!).

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