by Nick Savinatink of Nick’s Nightcrawlers
With the price of produce on the rise, more people are turning to the benefits of home gardening. Although organic gardening is starting to be more popular with planters, it is still relatively new to most people. The general public is uneducated about its benefits. Worms produce the best organic fertilizer available. Earthworms eat organic matter that produces castings in their digestive system. These castings contain rich slow releasing nutrients that are readily available to your plants.
One of the advantages of castings is they won’t burn your plant roots. Raw manures can, if not properly applied. Research done reveals that castings give six times more nutrients to your plants than potting soil alone. They stimulate plant growth, enhance water retaining abilities, reduce erosion, and control weed growth. The benefits of worm castings are unimaginable. Just a few benefits include: Higher yields, reduced dependency on chemicals, and lower production costs.
“Research reveals that castings give six times more nutrients to your plants than potting soil alone.”
Nick’s Nightcrawlers started 6-1/2 years ago with one small container of red worms brought up by his mother from Tucson. At first, he had the idea of selling fishing worms. Adding many more worms, he grew the wigglers in storage containers over the fall and winter inside his home. Nick planned his grand opening the next spring. When the time arrived, he had hundreds of worms—all of them too small for fishing. Then he remembered finding these same small worms in a compost pile he used for his own garden many years ago. After many hours of research, he discovered that not only worms, but their castings were beneficial to gardens. This year, he has a large selection of large, medium and small worms.
Starting his sixth season, Nick is looking forward to the upcoming garden season and teaching people the value of the worms and their castings for their gardens. He has a large supply of two types of red worms for gardens and compost bins as well as White Mountain native nightcrawlers (for fishing).
For more information, please call Nick at (928) 537-2497. You can also stop by and see him at the Show Low Mainstreet Farmer’s Market and Art Walk on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.