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nc-jrock
04-20-2011, 09:05 PM
Anyone ever used worm castings as a top dessing for lawns? Or tea from worm castings?

Pros, cons?

Thanks

ICT Bill
04-21-2011, 11:09 AM
Anyone ever used worm castings as a top dessing for lawns? Or tea from worm castings?

Pros, cons?

Thanks

Yes!! an enthusiastic yes. great stuff for both applications, I also use it at 5% to 10% in my potting mix for potting flowers and veggies

I have a compost pile in the back yard that gets fed veggie scraps non stop all year, that stuff rocks. if you are looking for pallet or truck load quantities talk to Barry Draycott over at techterraorganics.com he has some very good sources. I used 3 bags that he sold me last year and had great results as a soil amendment

agrostis
04-22-2011, 11:14 PM
I agree, worm casts are some of the best topdressing materials you can get.
ICT Bill - i am just curious - How much is a pallet of worm castings?

ICT Bill
04-23-2011, 12:41 AM
I agree, worm casts are some of the best topdressing materials you can get.
ICT Bill - i am just curious - How much is a pallet of worm castings?

You would have to ask Barry I really have no idea

phasthound
04-23-2011, 08:26 AM
You'll have to PM me.

jonthepain
04-24-2011, 09:58 AM
best stuff ever.

I use it in my CT. Too spendy for topdressing for me, however. I think I paid $5 a pound last time I bought some.

phasthound
04-24-2011, 11:04 AM
best stuff ever.

I use it in my CT. Too spendy for topdressing for me, however. I think I paid $5 a pound last time I bought some.

Ouch!!! That had to hurt.

mikesturf
04-25-2011, 12:39 AM
$30 for 25 pounds on Ebay


http://cgi.ebay.com/Worm-Castings-25lb-Soil-Builder-Fresh-Screened-Tea-/150581932840?pt=Fertilizer_Soil_Amendments&hash=item230f61f328

jonthepain
04-25-2011, 08:27 AM
It's been a while, but I remember I paid $25 for a bag of the stuff at the worm farm. It must have been a 25 pound bag.

Smallaxe
04-25-2011, 09:07 AM
Thatch and grass mulch can become worm castings right where they sit.

Worm castings are basically intant food for plants, aren't they?

Is its form of N fairly stable in the soil? Or do you put on only enough that will likely be used by the plants, right now?
I mean if it sits too long on the ground w/out being used, is it wasted?

phasthound
04-25-2011, 09:09 AM
$30 for 25 pounds on Ebay


http://cgi.ebay.com/Worm-Castings-25lb-Soil-Builder-Fresh-Screened-Tea-/150581932840?pt=Fertilizer_Soil_Amendments&hash=item230f61f328

Ouch again!!

phasthound
04-25-2011, 09:10 AM
It's been a while, but I remember I paid $25 for a bag of the stuff at the worm farm. It must have been a 25 pound bag.

And the pain continues.....

BFuller
05-08-2011, 10:45 AM
Phast,

What should we paying for castings? I'm just finishing a compost tea brewer/spray rig on one of my trucks and would like a good source for castings supply. I'm just about to start experimenting with my setup and was thinking of using castings instead of finished compost for my organic base, then add molasses, kelp, etc as needed. I'm looking to blend up to 250 gallons of tea at a time.

Any thoughts?

BFuller
05-08-2011, 10:48 AM
I have a large townhouse site that has 65,000 sq.ft. of turf and found spreading finished compost to be a little out of the customer's budget. I rented an Ecolawn topdresser to try it out. It was a lot better than spreading by hand, but I found the hopper deign restricted the flow of finished compost at times.

agrostis
05-08-2011, 01:55 PM
I am not familiar with the Ecolawn compost spreader. How much was the rent? How much material would the hopper hold? Topdressing machines get a lot of abuse. Your impressions?

phasthound
05-08-2011, 04:38 PM
Phast,

What should we paying for castings? I'm just finishing a compost tea brewer/spray rig on one of my trucks and would like a good source for castings supply. I'm just about to start experimenting with my setup and was thinking of using castings instead of finished compost for my organic base, then add molasses, kelp, etc as needed. I'm looking to blend up to 250 gallons of tea at a time.

Any thoughts?

Worm castings sold by the pallet of 50, 40lb bags should not cost more than $16.50/bag with shipping in the lower 48. Can't say what they would cost in BC.