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Benefits of Organic Gardening

Growing organically has many benefits in a wide range of areas. It is ecologically friendly and less harmful to the environment than conventional farming methods. Crops grown organically produce comparable yields to those grown synthetically but are higher quality. Organic farming also brings economic benefits, bringing in more money per crop. Among the benefits of going green is the knowledge that you are choosing a sustainable method of farming and living.

Organic farming is ecologically friendly in many ways. It promotes biodiversity both above and below ground. This diversity helps in biological control of pests and increases pollination by insects. An added benefit of this is the lack of pesticides necessary for green farming. Without the introduction of pesticides, organic farmers don’t need to worry about possible contaminations. Along with this, they greatly reduce adverse environmental effects brought about by excess runoff of chemicals into the ground and rivers. Organic farmers see higher soil organic matter and nitrogen in their soil and conservation of soil moisture and water resources, which is especially advantageous for the environment during a drought.

Customers are demanding organic fruit and vegetables now that consumers are more aware of the possible pesticides and toxins on their food. Many consumers say organic food tastes better.  Organic fruits and vegetables do not contain as many toxic additives and boast 19 to 69 percent more antioxidants than conventional fruits and vegetables. Organic fruits, vegetables, and grains have several measureable nutritional benefits over conventional crops. Without pesticides to guard against harm, an organically farmed plant will produce more of its own compounds, called antioxidants, to fight damage. And when consumed by humans, these antioxidants also protect our bodies from harm.

The benefits of organic farming touch on all aspects of living.  Among the benefits are more nutrients per serving which benefits those eating organic, and sustainable farming  preserves Earth and her natural balance, making it possible to eat and live healthy for generations to come.

Organic grapes ripening on a vine
Organic grapes ripening on a vine






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What NPK Levels in Worm Castings? What Are the Benefits?

IMG_0667Every gardener that’s growing organic has heard about manure. It’s mother earth’s natural fertilizer; part of the cycle of life. One of the most powerful manures in the world comes from earthworms! Before mankind starting playing in labs, nature knew the best way to feed her plants.

N-P-K stands for Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. Three important compounds that are necessary for plant growth. Nitrogen helps plants grow rapidly, produce more seeds and fruit, and improve leaf quality. Phosphorus assists in flower and root development. Potassium assists in the production of protein, the photosynthesis process, resistance of diseases, and overall plant health. These are essential to plant development, but are NOT the only nutrition necessary for healthy plants.

There are a number of compounds that are needed for healthy plants, including: calcium for plant cell wall structure, magnesium as part of the chlorophyll in all green plants, sulfur for the development of vitamins and enzymes, etc.

NPK levels in organic fertilizer are much lower than those shown in synthetic fertilizers during lab testing. They are soil amendments that work slowly over time to improve your soil and to help your plants grow strong. They don’t weaken plants by forcing fast growth and flowering. Therefore, big NPK numbers don’t necessarily mean a better fertilizer.

Worm castings also have  beneficial bacteria and fungi to build up soil, and assists with disease suppression.  Earthworm castings have over 60 micronutrients and trace minerals, including calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, phosphates and potash.

Castings act as a barrier to help plants grow in soil where the pH levels are too high or too low. They balance pH so plants can absorb nutrients from the soil. If that isn’t amazing enough, worm castings also retain moisture which is great for growing in drought conditions.

Lastly, worm castings impromptu soil aeration, improves soil structure, drainage and fertility. With so many benefits to using worm castings, make sure you get pure castings like Vermisterra Fine Earthworm Castings, not something mixed with compost or fillers.

So many reasons to choose Vermisterra organic earthworm castings and tea.
So many reasons to choose Vermisterra organic earthworm castings and tea.


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Effect of Vermicompost Tea on suppression of root knot nematodes

JL Organics was happy to work with students from University of California in an agricultural study. UC Riverside PhD student Abira S. performed and documented tests on tomato plants with root knot nematode (meloidogyne incognita) infestations to see how they responded to Vermisterra.Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 2.48.18 PMSounds gnarly right? Abira found that using Vermisterra tea (labeled vermicompost tea in his study) suppressed root knot nematodes. Plants that received the worm casting tea also had more leaves, greater dry weight, more vegetative and fruiting branches, and significant increase in fruit number and fruit size compared to controls.

If you are interested in seeing his presentation slides, see and download below.

by Abira S. of University of California, Riverside.

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