Earthworm humus: health and ecological benefits
If we want to make the true green revolution (the one that will save humanity and the planet) we must re-enter into the knowledge of nature and support it. So we abandon all the chemistry and the synthetic industry (which has impoverished nature in a dangerous way) and immerse ourselves in the largest existing laboratory: Nature. We begin this journey knowing that Nature is a bottomless pit and we can provide all our needs in it. One of the major impoverments made by “modern” agriculture is in the organic substance content of our land and we have to start from there.
In this sense we can meet a small animal, the earthworm. (Lumbricus terrestris) is an annelid. These invertebrates contribute to the decomposition processes, and favor the stabilization of the organic substance of the soil, through this process they produce a humus (organic substance with various degrees of polymerization and decomposition).
The earthworm humus is much more than a fertilizer, in fact in addition to providing the nutrients helps to improve the characteristics of the soil.
So, if we intend to improve the organic matter content of our land (which means increasing the quality and quantity of our plant products) we must leave these creatures alone and, in fact, favor them by abandoning invasive qauli agronomic techniques: excessive processing, repeated and deep, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, etc.
Let’s see what are the advantages of earthworm humus:
• Fertilizes the soil. The earthworm humus contains the nutritive elements necessary for the development of vegetables or fruit and has in itself the fertilizing elements ready to be assimilated by the plants due to the transformation made by earthworms;
• Of course it is 100% organic and can be used in organic farming and in any type of agriculture that respects the natural cycles perfectly;
• It improves the structure of the soil as its composition, in addition to making significant amounts of organic substance ready to be transformed into the elements that serve the plant, helps to make the soil lighter and softer and therefore easier to work and giving a greater structuring on the ground with less risk of erosion of the same;
• It is odorless, in fact it has a good smell of wet earth, like that found in the undergrowth for which it can also be used in urban or household cultivations.
• Promotes plant rooting especially after transplantation due to its ability to accommodate young roots and protect them from fungal diseases.
• Helps the soil not to dry out and maintain proper humidity. Rich soil and soil with earthworm humus need less irrigation
• It is a fertilizer tolerated perfectly by plants, rather it represents their natural environment without burning them if we make mistakes in the quantities.
On average, an earthworm humus obtained from bovine and equine manure has the following composition on the total dry matter: Organic nitrogen (N): 1.5%, Total nitrogen (N): 2.1%, Organic carbon (C) of origin Organic: 20%, C / N Ratio: 9.5, Organic Substance: 40%, Organic Substrate Percentage of Organic Substance: 6%, Percent Organic Substance Percent on Removable Organic Substance: 10%, pH: 7.5 %.
In short, what need do we have to impoverish ourselves (even economically) in buying synthetic products that have nothing to do with nature when nature provides for us?