Micro organisms and the symbiotic relationship between microbes, worms, and plants

Written by Matthew on November 21st, 2012

Rose Bush In Front Garden. Picture Taken In Middle Of November.

Microorganisms in the soil are important for plant health. Both positive and negative health effects can result from microorganisms.  Microorganisms that promote healthy plant growth are called beneficial microbes. Microorganisms which deter from plant growth or otherwise harm plants are known as  plant pathogens.

Beneficial microbes help plants by several different methods. The most common method is by beneficial microbes releasing nutrients to plants that otherwise would be unavailable. Interestingly, some beneficial microbes are able to bolster plant growth without increasing available nutrients to the plants. It is unknown exactly the method through which these beneficial microbes bolster plant growth. Commonly it is thought that some microorganisms may produce chemicals that mimic natural plant growth hormones. Also beneficial microbes may prevent certain plant diseases and other pathogenic microbes from harming a plant. Beneficial microbes sometimes can even kill pathogenic microbes by destroying the cell membranes of pathogens.

Worms have a symbiotic relationship with plants. Worms consume the litter that plants produce as they grow, such as old leaves in the fall. As worms digest this decaying plant matter they release nutrients back into the soil. Worms do this with the help of many microorganisms. These microorganisms are also commonly beneficial plant microbes. This is clearly seen when worm tea is applied on plant foliage. Studies by universities including Ohio State University have proven these benefits exist. Also huge improvement in plant health can be seen simply when worm castings are used around the base of the plant as a soil amendment and fertilizer.

One simple observation that I have personally witnessed was when I started adding worm castings around the base of my rose plants. In the past these rose plants were just average, but immediately after dumping worm castings around the roses they begin to grow and bloom quite vigorously. It’s now the middle of November and my rosebushes are still producing dozens beautiful flowers. No more red fungus spots on the leaves either.

When I started farming worms I had the intentions of mainly just selling the worms, but it was not long until I realized the value of worm castings. It is quite a remarkable thing to see these plants grow after feeding them with worm castings. You really need to see it for yourself to believe it. I am always so confident in these benefits that I will assure you that if you buy worm castings from me and you’re not completely satisfied then I will gladly refund you for the purchase.

Fortunately I have plenty of worm castings available right now. I am working on a more efficient way of bagging in distributing the worm castings. If you run a nursery or any business which might be interested in worm castings you can look up my contact information on my website. www.wormsetc.com  Also we sell a special potting soil made from a mixture of worm castings, coconut coir, leaf compost, vermiculite, rock powder, and alfalfa meal. I don’t think that a better potting mix is made. These products are available from our website. Also if you live in the upstate of South Carolina you can visit our place to pick up your order. Starting this spring we will be distributing our products to garden retailers across the upstate of South Carolina.


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