THE INFLUENCE OF VERMICOMPOST FROM KITCHEN WASTE ON THE YIELD-ENHANCING CHARACTERISTICS OF PEAS PISUM SATIVUM L. VAR. SACCHARATUM SER. BAJKA VARIETY
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The Chair of Natural Theories of Agriculture and Environmental Education, Faculty of Biology and Agriculture, Rzeszów University, Ćwiklińskiej 2, 35-601 Rzeszów, Poland
Publication date: 2013-04-15
 
J. Ecol. Eng. 2013; 14(2):49–53
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This study determined the possibility of using the vermicompost produced from kitchen waste (by Eisenia fetida earthworms) to grow sugar peas. Its influence on the dynamics of sprouting of peas and their growth to 21st day was investigated in a pot experiment. Four combinations were realised (control – standard garden soil; (50W) – its mixture with 50% of vermicompost; (25W) and (10W) – with 25% and 10% of vermicompost addition respectively (n=5)). Vermicompost from kitchen waste turned out to be useful in the cultivation of peas. No significant differences in the impact of all the analysed substrates on the sprouting of this plant were found. A 10% vermicompost addition (10W) was shown to be the most favourable substrate. Its positive influence was shown in the impact on the increase of total average mass (by 33%; p<0.001) and height of the plants (by 12%; p<0.05) and average mass (by 39%; p<0.001) and length (by 12%; p<0.05) of stems.