Ready to talk about worm tea for healthy plants? Let’s do it!
I hope you are well into the swing of spring and watching all of your green babies grow.
I hate to admit it, but when I first started gardening, I relied entirely too much on commercial fertilizers to help my plants, not realizing that I was getting rid of beneficial microorganisms in the soil.
Now that I’m far more educated on the subject, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the benefits of PetraTools Worm Casting Tea.
We hear a lot about liquid worm castings. We also hear that they’re great for microorganisms in the soil. But why? What is it and what exactly does it do?
Defining Worm Tea
Worm tea should be considered an all-natural growth hormone for soil and plants. Think of it like giving your plants a powerful liquid vitamin booster.
Worms create substances that act as growth hormones, cell regulators, and anti-aging compounds, which you can’t find in a typical compost mix.
If compost mixes are not properly composted, they can sometimes contain human pathogens and E. coli.
The bad news is if you apply a source of questionable compost to your vegetable garden and eat your harvest without washing it, there’s a good chance that E. coli will remain present.
Worm tea works around the downfalls of traditional compost to deliver the best nutrients possible to your plants in the safest way.
Using PetraTools Earthworm Casting Tea
This non-toxic, USA-made formula is easy to apply. In my video, I simply added one to two teaspoons of the product per gallon of water.
I always try to do my spraying either early in the morning or at sunset. You definitely want to use each batch that you mix within the same day.
Outdoors, I use my powerful PetraTools HD4050 4-gallon powered sprayer.
In my video, I’ve added eight teaspoons to the mix. One gallon of PetraTools worm compost tea will make up to 700 gallons of solution for your plants and vegetables.
What Happens When It Is Sprayed on Plants?
When it is mixed with water, the oxygen wakes up the dormant microorganisms. When applied to leaves and soil, the various bacterial microbes perform a number of very important tasks.
Essentially, you are coating the leaves and drenching the soil with millions, if not billions, of microbes, all competing for a food source. An example is protozoa that may be living off the decaying plant material.
Other types of microorganisms eat microbes in their wastes. These all result in an environment where dangerous molds, mildews, and bacteria cannot flourish.
The leaves will be protected against harmful airborne spores and microbes.
Microbes break down the soil, and plants can uptake nutrients better, which will lead to increased plant health and disease resistance. Plants can never get too much worm tea, so use it freely, ideally once a week but at least every two weeks.
How The Solution Works in the Soil
So, what exactly does the solution do? Well, first of all, you can expect an improved soil structure and aeration.
Microorganisms travel through the soil, digesting and absorbing carbon and various nutrients in the decomposing matter. Then, they release these nutrients back into the soil, which are taken up by plants.
As they are conducting all of these movements, they are tunneling small pores through the soil and leaving oxygenated pockets behind that help roots breathe.
They also aid in restoring water and essentially create an ideal soil structure.
Due to the physical structure of worm castings, they are more difficult to pack together than regular soil. This improves the airflow throughout the soil, so roots can breathe, and microbes can do their jobs easily, traveling through an impacted soil.
In fact, if you’re stressed by growing conditions of clay soil, like we are here in Missouri, this is a great product to start to break down that thick clay into a soil structure your healthy plants will love.
Liquid Solution for Pathogen Protection
Acting as a pathogen defense for your plants, it contains microorganisms that produce a digestive enzyme.
Additionally, it will stimulate the growth of different kinds of protozoa that consume pathogens.
So, think about this.
When applied as a foliar spray, it protects healthy plants by coating the leaves and adding microbes to help protect against pathogens.
In fact, the solution is excellent for early sprays on roses to prevent or control the spread of mildew.
How does it help with cellular growth? A great example is the use on lettuce.
It makes the leaves grow like crazy with its natural fertilizers, and after harvest, lettuce stores longer in the fridge because of a stronger leaf structure that retains more water.
The same applies to those beautiful blooms you’re waiting for. More water retention in your healthy plants means less drooping and wilting in the heat of summer and longer bloom time for all of your flowers.
I love how it can help. This is something I’m primarily interested in and what ultimately led me to learn about its benefits.
I wasn’t educated enough to know the harm I was causing. I wanted to figure out how I could rebuild the organisms in the soil, and it is the perfect partner to do that.
The degradation in the soil is primarily handled by microorganisms. They produce enzymes that work to break down any toxic elements of the soil.
The microorganisms work to continuously renew the soil as they digest the decomposing matter around them and turn sterile soil into a nutrient-rich mix over time.
Did You Know?
Did you know that about a quarter of all organisms are in the top two centimeters of the soil?
Organisms become inactive if there’s not enough decomposing matter around them to thrive, so what can we do to help?
Applying worm tea fertilizer can aid in the process of doing all these and more.
Apply liquid solutions to seedlings up to two weeks before planting to increase the survival rate by helping the roots take up some great nutrients right before transplant.
Welcome to My Compost Pile!
So, in my hasty way, I kind of just throw a whole bunch of stuff to my compost pile, predominantly leaves and grass clippings when I have them because the grass clippings typically go back in the yard.
When they don’t and I have to bring them back here, I kind of make this huge pile that sits from season to season.
So, underneath this is beautiful. You’re going to see a really thick, rich dark compost.
But the top couple of inches are always the last to finish composting.
So, using your best lawn care, you can mix 5 oz per gallon of water and apply it to the top layers of your compost pile.
Then, mix that thoroughly.
The microbes will start breaking down organic matter.
How to Apply Compost Soil to Healthy plants
To really amplify the benefits, put down a layer of compost before you spray the lawn solution.
As a foliar spray, you can expect more leaves, larger stems, and more nutrient delivery, which can be critical to healthy plants that are under the shade or in part sun.
Spray leaves, top and bottom, until they are dripping onto and into the soil for protection against various foliar and root pathogens.
PetraTools aged castings are completely decomposed.
Use Worm Tea as One of Your Lawn Solutions to Improve Your Turf’s Health
Use the product on the lawn to help retain moisture and rich roots and aid in breaking down thatch.
Repeat applications to help rejuvenate the soil, sterile lawns that were chemically treated, and add microbes to sterile soil.
Mix one to two teaspoons of worm tea per gallon of water and see the difference in your lawn in just a few applications.
Benefits of Lawn Care Solutions Like Worm Tea for Houseplants
It is beneficial to houseplants also.
I will mix in my watering can one to two teaspoons of the product per gallon of water.
Again, this will act as an odor-free inoculant to the soil that helps keep it pathogen-free.
They don’t smell bad either. They smell like fresh rain in the forest.
In fact, something important to note, if you start to smell foul, do not use it.
That can be a sign that it’s spoiled and full of bad pathogens.
One thing I love is preventing root rot.
So, I have quite a few healthy plants in the house that do not drain. It’s imperative to make sure those roots are healthy when you can’t always be sure when the soil is draining properly.
It can greatly aid in keeping things under control with root rot, and pathogens, especially when you have more than just a few houseplants.
Why Choose PetraTools Worm Tea Fertilizer?
If you’re not already sold on using it in your garden, then maybe you should consider these facts.
It’s good for the planet. Add microbial life to your soil. It will not destroy the water table, oceans, or environment.
Also, it will not burn leaves like other fertilizers can when used improperly. It will not burn plants even during the blooming season.
Provides essential elements and micronutrients with no damage.
It is unlike a lot of teas with good bacteria that settle to the bottom and die.
Its proven formula actually suspends bacteria with technology developed from over 40 years of professional, commercial, and agricultural experience.
Available in 8 oz, 32 oz, and 1 gallon, this liquid gold is non-toxic, has no hormones, and chemicals.
It’s also easy to apply. To store it, just keep it in a cool, dry place between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember to keep it out of reach of children and pets.
I hope you were able to learn some of the benefits of using the solution.
Also, if you’re looking to upgrade your spraying tool, PetraTools offers a line of powered sprayers you can check out.
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