The Benefits Of LIVE Composting
Composting worms dig and build dissolved oxygen channels and allow soil mites, especially the white springtail mite, to "hitch a ride" onto the worm's bio-film. Then, they move around the soil system working in harmony with the composting worms to break down organic matter into carbon.
The more composting worms living soil farmers have to work and continue driving the soils engine, the quicker the newly created soil life can keep up with the high nutrient demands of the cannabis plant.
If you’ve considered adding live worms to your soil, you’ve probably realized that composting worms can quickly become one of the most expensive parts of any living soil growers budget.
What many don’t realize is that once the soil’s microbial life begins to thrive, we can purposely increase our worm’s populations by using a technique that our VP of Soil Science Bryan Wachsman made famous on Instagram, known as "AvocadoTech." This is a tried and true method of saving facilities hundreds to thousands in upfront costs on worms.
Composting worms, like all other organisms in the soil food web, form a symbiotic relationship with their neighbors. One of these groups of creatures that live in symbiosis with worms are mites.
In order to become a true organic farmer, one must learn how to control pests without using pesticides, and a very effective way to do so is using predatory insects and predatory mites. So by encouraging composting worms to grow in our soil, we can also encourage these beneficial mites.
Adding this skill set to one's Cannabis and Hemp IPM playbook allows the organic farmer to learn to trust and believe that mother nature will combat the plant's health issues. This gives freedom and time back to the farmer so they can focus on other things, and become a proactive farmer instead of a reactive one.
One of the concerns we hear about transitioning to cultivating living soil cannabis is, "How are we going to be able to afford the amount of composting worms it takes to fill a commercial facility?" With these conditions, composting worms will begin to double in population every 90 days.
We recommend transitioning one grow room at a time, and using the surplus of worms you will create to populate the next room. Calcium sources such as Gypsum, Oystershell flour, and eggshells, aid in speeding up this reproduction process as well. Calcium is KING when it comes to next level worm farming and vermicomposting.
There is a disconnect with some cannabis growers about the real power of having the nutrients they feed their cannabis or hemp plants come from soil microbes instead of synthetic salts.
The living soil system relies in part on the quality of the organic matter that the microbes are breaking down. Quality inputs will always equal quality outputs.
So take the plunge by starting to introduce and breed live worms in your soil, and we promise you’ll see a big difference.
Daniel Enking is the founder of Everflux Technologies. He is a life-long environmentalist and practical dreamer who is obsessed with resource efficiency and imaged an "everything recycling machine" at age 10.