Make your own Worm Compost – at home…

Whilst we are in lockdown today I’ve been adding some really good quality compost (well-rotted horse manure) into two raised beds here at the farm as I hope to plant lots of beans :) On this week’s Wiggly Podcast (back for lockdown!) I talk to Terry Walton about making our own potting compost so tune in for that recipe here:

https://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/pages/the-new-wiggly-podcast

My next task is to make my own compost and so I am going to base my own recipe on coir and worm castings with a sprinkling of rock dust.

 

Coir

I like Coir blocks on a practical level as it means we are not shipping lots of water around the country – the blocks are easy to use and don’t take up much space. Coir is a good alternative to peat and the other benefits include:

  • High water holding capacity.
  • Acceptable pH & EC.
  • Excellent wettability, superior to peat.
  • Ability to retain nutrients against leaching
  • Good drainage / aeration

https://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/products/coir-blocks

 

Worm Casts

Easy to make in your worm composter – worm casts are packed with a lot of nutrients and minerals. Worm castings contain minerals such as concentrated nitrates, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. Worm castings are also a 100% organic fertiliser that can increase a plant’s yield, protect both soils around plants from diseases, and help the soil retain moisture.

 

Rock Dust

Volcanic rock dust is a fantastic natural source of minerals which helps to rejuvenate soils, helping boost soil fertility and plant growth

https://www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/products/volcanic-rock-dust

 

The recipe

Soak your coir and mix four parts coir with one part worm casts and a handful of rock dust each bucket full of compost. If you have sand add one part sand as well. 

This will make a really good all round compost and cost very little indeed. Get Growing all x


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