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Hume City Council LIVE GREEN 3 connections How to use worm castings effectively Could your garden do with a natural boost? Worm castings could be the answer. Live Green spoke with Hume-based vermiculture experts, Steve and Chloe Morriss from Circular Food. In this Q&A, Steve and Chloe share how to best use worm castings. What are worm castings? Worm castings are a type of organic fertiliser that are produced by earthworms – it's essentially their waste. The waste is excellent for enriching soil, helping with aeration and drainage. How much worm castings should I be using on my gardens? Apply one handful of castings per square meter of garden. Water in well and cover with mulch to protect the microbes from the sun. The worms also produce 'tea' which can be diluted with water then applied to the garden (10 parts water, 1 part tea). How regularly should I apply worm castings? This depends on how good the quality of your soil is to begin with. If you have a well-established garden and are using castings to maintain your plants, once a month or even once a season is fine. If you are trying to build up your soil quality, apply fortnightly for two to three months. After that you can reduce this to once a month. What can happen to my garden if I over-use worm castings? One of the best things about worm products is that you can't really overuse them – it's hard to do much wrong with a product that is 100% natural. Keep in mind that more isn't necessarily better though. Whilst worm castings won't damage your plants or soil, overuse won't bring any benefits. Stick to moderate application on a fortnightly, monthly or seasonal basis (depending on your soil quality) and you can't go wrong! Champions in action - Palletable Hume Enviro Champion Michelle Newton upcycles wooden pallets to make functional and attractive furniture. With a little help from a hardware shop, Michelle taught eight community members how to build a coffee table out of just two pallets. A circular saw, liquid nails and a few wheels later, Michelle and friends had themselves a sustainable and on-trend coffee table. See what workshops are on in your area by visiting the Live Green workshops page. FOR MORE INFO

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