Top Dressing Plants with Worm Compost

How to Use Vermicompost Around your Home and Garden Plants

Adding worm compost to your house plants, garden, or lawn will make any plant healthier. Top dressing plants with worm compost is one of the easiest ways to use nutrient-rich worm castings. You can make your own worm compost or purchase worm compost online. This article will teach you about top dressing plants with worm compost in your garden, home, and your lawn.

Top Dressing Plants with Worm Compost in your Garden

Using Worm Compost on Baby Lettuce
Using Worm Compost on Baby Lettuce

Vegetable gardening is sexy! Many people are choosing to grow a portion of their own food in a backyard garden. Adding nutrient-rich worm compost is a great, organic way to help your garden vegetables grow. To top dress garden plants with vermicompost simply spread a thin layer (1/2 inch to 1 inch) of compost around the stem of each plant. As little as a 1 inch width band of worm compost will be beneficial but a band 2 or 3 inches thick is best. Then, water each plant deeply taking care to soak the worm compost that you just spread which will help soak the nutrients down into the soil.

Top Dressing Plants with Worm Compost for House Plants

The same top dressing technique can be used to benefit any house plant. Simply spread a thin layer worm compost around the stem of each plant. On smaller potted plants, cover the entire surface of the potting soil with ½ to 1 inch of worm compost.

Top Dressing Your Lawn with Worm Compost

Your lawn is a plant too! Therefore your lawn will also benefit from the addition of nutrient rich worm compost. The easiest way to add worm compost to your lawn is to spread it over the grass and then water. For this to work best you need to make sure your vermicompost is dry and has a small particle size so that each little particle will fall between blades of grass. Worm compost can be spread over a lawn by throwing it by hand or by using a compost spreader. Some seed spreaders will also work on the largest setting provided the worm compost is dry enough and fine enough. Because worm compost is so valuable and I never have enough, I never spread it over my whole lawn. Instead, I spread worm compost only on those problem areas of my lawn that need the most help.
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