Many farmers and gardeners across the world are faced with choosing chemical/synthetic fertilizer or an organic soil amendment to suppress and defend against insects and disease such as the Asian citrus psyllid, powdery mildew, tomato hornworms, plant parasitic nematodes, aphids, cabbage white caterpillars, mealy bugs, and spider mites.
For instance, the Florida’s citrus industry is in danger of being mortally wounded by the Huanglongbing or citrus greening disease spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. It is estimated over half of the citrus trees have been affected by the disease.
Research has shown significant and repeatable suppression of many insects and diseases with the application of vermicompost.
“Vermicompost research papers produced at Ohio State University show that plants grown in soil mixed with different proportions of Vermicompost sustained lower plant damage from insects than those where Vermicompost was not applied,” said Yasmin Cardoza, an entomologist and soil arthropod ecologist at North Carolina State in Morrisville, NC.
Worms have the amazing ability to break down materials into their simplest form, so that the nutrients don’t leach out into the soil, allowing the plants to easily and quickly absorb all the trace elements and essential nutrients.
“Earthworm casts present in vermicompost contain proteins, vitamins, and micro- and macro-elements such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium,” explained Johannes Van Staden, lead author of a recent study published in HortScience
Black worm castings have the capability of replacing harmful chemical fertilizers in farms and residential gardens across the World. It has the potential of producing 40% more crops than those produced with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, while being about 75% less expensive.
Black worm compost and vermaplex provides plants with a nutrient rich, robust environment, able to withstand climate hardships and less likely to be damaged by insects. This type of organic fertilizer is a valuable addition for every soil type and plant situation, from farms, vegetable or flower gardens, to landscaping and lawns.