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What is vermicomposting?
In a nutshell (which, coincidentally, is just the kind of organic matter worms like to eat), vermicomposting is the use of worms to turn kitchen scraps and other green waste into microbe-rich soil. Worms consume the waste and excrete what is known as “castings”, or worm manure, which is what makes up Jocelyn’s Soil Booster. (In other words: it’s worm poop!) Worm manure contains microbes that transform soil minerals into plant nutrients, which the plant uses to grow healthy and strong roots, stems, leaves, fruits and veggies.
Where do I use Jocelyn’s Soil Booster?
Jocelyn’s Soil Booster can be used to enrich the soil around whatever type of plant you’re growing, from fruits, veggies, and flowers to indoor plants and bud. Simply sprinkle the soil booster around the base of your plant, then water well. You only need about a handful of the soil booster per mature plant. If you’re using Jocelyn’s Soil Booster for seedlings, you can either mix the soil booster with your soil, or sprinkle it on top — think of it like adding sprinkles to a cupcake. Here’s a handy portioning guide for the most common soil booster uses:
- For potting plants: Mix two parts potting soil with one part Jocelyn’s Soil Booster. Water well.
- For seed-starting: Mix two parts potting soil with one part Jocelyn’s Soil Booster. Plant seeds and keep moist.
- For transplanting: Add one cup of Jocelyn’s Soil Booster directly into the hole where you intend to place your plant.
- Ongoing: Sprinkle one cup of Soil Booster around the base of a plant monthly. Water well.
How does it work?
Our soil booster is good for your plants, and great for the planet. When you add Jocelyn’s Soil Booster to your soil, the beneficial microbes found in the worm castings immediately go to work, manufacturing and delivering vital nutrients directly to the root system of your plants.
Once the microbes are in the soil, they help restore soil structure, by producing the glues and fine strands that allow soil to have air pockets and water pockets, allowing plants to access water whenever they need it. Plus, worm castings contain 50% more humus than regular topsoil; humus has the capacity to store large amounts of carbon, making it an effective climate-change fighter. Think of Soil Booster like an a la carte menu: plants ask for what they need by releasing specific carbohydrate molecules into the soil, and Soil Booster’s microbes go out — much farther than plant roots can reach — to find or manufacture the meal that has been requested. The microbes deliver the requested nutrients to the plant root system in exchange for more sugar.
How does Jocelyn’s Soil Booster contribute to regenerative growing practices?
One of the core tenets of regenerative growing is developing healthy soil, and reusing your growing medium — in other words, your soil — as much as possible. Because Jocelyn’s Soil Booster rebuilds soil structure and contributes to the development of carbon-rich humus, it’s an invaluable tool in your regenerative toolkit, enabling you to successfully grow plants year after year using healthy, climate change-fighting soil.
Why don’t you call your product “fertilizer”?
Because it’s not! Fertilizer force-feeds a limited number of nutrients to plants, which then quickly wash away after the first rainfall or watering; soil additives (or soil enhancers) like Jocelyn’s Soil Booster provide a healthy, diverse ecosystem of soil organisms that respond directly to the needs of each individual plant. Worm castings also contain natural growth, stimulators which trigger plants to grow quickly.
Why is it so expensive?
You may notice that, gram-for-gram, Jocelyn’s Soil Booster is costlier than conventional fertilizers or manure products. This is, simply, because it’s a highly concentrated product: because Jocelyn’s Soil Booster is so rich in beneficial microbes, you’ll need to use much less of it on your plants than you would fertilizer or manure: Of the thousands of different types of microbes in Jocelyn’s Soil Booster, each plant will pick and choose a few that it likes best, and will then increase the population of these preferred microbes. A little soil booster goes a long, long way.