Originally posted 7-9-12
|Digger is a fan of earthworms...very tasty!|
Add Earthworms to Your GardenIf you want to improve your gardens aeration and create compost right in your garden, add earthworms. Earthworms not only breakdown mulch and manures, they also leave behind nutrient rich castings.
Here is how:
- Cover your garden area with organic material and mulch. Worms need the cover and they need the food. If they are exposed to the sun and there nothing to feed on, they will simply crawl away. Wouldn't you?
- Keep the garden soil and mulch moist. The worms can't survive in dry conditions.
- Keep the garden from being soggy. Worms can't survive in overly wet conditions. Get it? They need in JUST RIGHT.
- To calculate how many worms you will need, add 8-10 worms per square foot.
- Don't add the worms when it's excessively hot.
- Use a mix of European Nightcrawlers and Red Worms. European nightcrawlers are burrower and will aerate the soil. Red worms stay in the upper area beneath the organic material, but are slightly better composters. You can use either one or the other as well.
- Avoid chemicals and pesticides (which you do already, right?). Worms are highly susceptible to toxins in the environment.