Using Worm Soil to Advantage in the Garden

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ILLUSTRATION: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
Using worm soil for the organic garden.

Using worm soil will improve your crops and overall garden health.

To get the most out of my worm soil, I practice crop
rotation. Fresh-from-the-pile worm soil is used in early
spring to plant members of the nightshade family.
After these are harvested, I follow up in the same rows with
a fall crop from the mustard family, without adding any
additional worm soil. The following spring, I again use the
same rows — and worm soil — to grow vegetables from the
gourd family. I continue in this way until my using worm soil is
exhausted, at which point I renew the row with fresh worm
soil and begin again with the nightshade family.

The chart in the image gallery is a list of some common garden plants, arranged
according to family and species. It’s the family
designation you want to keep in mind when planning your
crop rotation. Plant this year’s tomatoes where last year’s
peppers stood, and you’re asking for disappointment; both
are members of the nightshade family, and so require the
same soil nutrients.