Generally speaking, you should apply 20 pounds (or 320 ounces) of worm castings per 1000 feet of root growth if you're using VermaPlex®; or 40 pounds (or 640 ounces) of worm castings per 1000 square feet of root growth if you are not using VermaPlex®.
For calculating smaller garden plots, it's probably simpler to find the amount of castings per square foot. So, you would use .32 ounces worm castings per square foot with VermaPlex® and .64 ounces worm castings per square foot without VermaPlex®.
Worm castings for raised bed garden
When you build your bed and at the beginning of the growing season, a good mix for your square foot or raised bed garden is 30% worm castings added to your growing medium. Then apply side dressings of castings a few times through out the growing season.
If you're raising vegetables in a raised bed, particular an "intensive" planting where the entire bed is used by the plants, you can measure the length and width of the bed, then multiply by the number of beds to get the square feet of your planting area. Multiply the total square feet of planting area by .32 (or .64) to get the amount of castings required.
For instance, to add a side dressing of worm castings fertilize to an 8 x 4 foot raised bed, you would need about 10 ounces of worm castings per application. (8 feet times 4 feet = 32 square feet times .32 ounces worm castings = 10.24 ounces of worm castings.)
This is a small amount, but if you're using pure castings like Pure Black Castings™, which are concentrated and 99.9% all castings, it doesn't take a lot. Fertilizing with vermicompost, which is worm castings mixed with organic material, requires much larger amounts. Here is an article on this site which describes the difference between vermicompost and worm castings.
More Garden Fertilizing Info
Using worm castings fertilizer In containers
Worm castings are an excelling container fertilizer. The slow release of nutrients provide the plants with everything they need, all without the danger of burn. By adding micro-dosing of VermaPlex® to the watering system, even heavy users like corn can thrive. Here's our potting soil mix formula:
Recipe For gardening success:
How to make pepper spray for plant pests
If your plants are being attacked by pests, one option is to spray your garden with pepper spray. You can buy it already made but it can be expensive. Here's how to make your own pepper spray using habaneros peppers. Remember, spray on the part of the plants your don't intend to eat as it is difficult to remove the "hot" (unless you like hot!)
Pepper spray supplies
Here is the list of items you'll need to make your spray:
Hot pepper spray is approved by the EPA as a natural pest deterrent and is an effective alternative to poison. It's available commercially, but it's not that hard to do. Consider making your own to save money.
Pepper Spray for naturally safe pest control
A tried and true method of natural pest control is pepper spray. You can mix up your own economically using peppers from the capsicum variety. The EPA has approved capsicum, the compound in peppers that make them "hot", as a biochemical method of pest repellent and killer. There are a few caveats, though, to consider when you use it on your plants:
Habanero is A good, cheap variety of hot pepper, available at grocery stores.
Insects avoid plants treated with pepper spray. So, next time reach for the "hot sauce" instead of harmful pesticides to keep your plants pest free, naturally.
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Customer Question: How many cubic Feet?
There are different ways to measure fertilizer. Whether you're figuring out how much you need or how it fits on a truck, more information is in order. For those of you who think in terms of cubic yards, here's a tip:
Installing plugs is a convenient, quick way to fill in those bare patches in you lawn. Most turf grasses can be started this way . But some grass varieties, like Bahia, don't respond well to plugging and are best planted as sod or seed. For those that do, there are several advantages to using grass plugs:
Grass Plug Planting Tips:
For sure-fire plug transplanting success, use the following regime:
Spring is also be a good time to apply the worm castings to your entire lawn and water in with VermaPlex®. See the application instructions page for details on lawn fertilizing using organic worm castings and liquid fertilizer.
Which brings something else to mind: Is your lawn mower in good working order?
Organic lawn fertilizer resources
Be prepared to fertilizer your lawn and re-plug bare spots. Order these slow release, certified organic fertilizers based on worm castings now.
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