Wurmbosch - Worm Castings
Crafted To Perfection,
The mainstay of organic (for our purposes, sustainable) agriculture is maintenance of soil health and environmental balances through continual applications of compost.
The benefits of compost are outlined below.
- Compost increases soil workability, water holding capacity, porosity and drainage, compost minimises wind and water erosion. Soil temperatures are moderated, making plants less susceptible to extremes of heat or cold.
- Compost nutrients are released slowly, allowing them to stay in the soil for a period of up to five years. So, while chemical fertilisers may contain more available nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium than compost, compost allows these and other nutrients to be consumed by plant roots as they are needed. Slow release of nutrients in compost means there is also no danger of over-fertilising plants.
- Compost creates enhances microbial action in the soil. This creates a stable ecosystem for beneficial insects, birds, and other organisms, which keeps pests in check and trigger plants’ natural defences against disease. Healthier plants lessen the need for fertilisers or pesticides. Less fertilisers and pesticides pose less of a danger to animals and humans who are exposed to toxic residuals through food, water, soil and air.