Vermicompost supplies a suitable mineral balance, improves nutrient availability. Vermicomposting involves great reduction in populations of pathogenic microorganisms, thus not differing from composting from this point of view.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that composted materials and their resulting teas can provide manifold benefits as organic fertilizers in sustainable agriculture. Indeed, compost teas have been shown to suppress a wide range of soil-borne diseases when used as foliar sprays and soil drenches, thereby ultimately affecting plant growth and yield.
• Microbial activity in worm castings is 10 to 20 times higher than in the soil and organic matter that the worm ingests
• The castings are rich in humic acids, which condition the soil and help balance pH
• Improves nutrient recycling
• Enhances germination, plant growth, and crop yield
• Improves root growth and structure
• Enriches soil with micro-organisms
• Finished vermicompost can be used to make compost tea
• Provides plants with essential nutrients and aids in the suppression of plant diseases.
• Worm castings contain five times more nitrogen, seven times more phosphorus, and 11 times more potassium than ordinary soil, the main minerals needed for plant growth.