Earthworms (more specifically, worm poops) are seriously good for the soil. And good soil makes for happy and healthy plants.
Worm poop (castings) can be purchased at nurseries and online, or you could invite worms to come and eat, sleep, play and poop in your garden. A third option is to set up a worm composting bin and collect the waste to use on your plants.
INVITE WORMS to live in your garden by providing the type of environment they like best – warm, moist soil. If you are in a colder climate, you can help the soil warm up earlier in the spring by spreading black plastic over the dirt that needs attention.
When you can work the soil, avoid digging too deep and disturbing the worm tunnels – like all living things, worms need a safe place to hang out. And those tunnels are working for you to bring water and oxygen to deep roots. Layer organic mulch on top of your existing soil to further entice worms to stick around for a while. The more there is to eat, the longer they’ll stay. And avoid using pesticides or non-organic fertilizer – that will kill the worms as they are sensitive and will die en masse if exposed to chemicals.
IMPORT WORMS to your garden by purchasing worm eggs (yup – they sell those) or live worms (purchased or provided from another part of your yard) into areas that could use some good worm activity.
Having worms turn your kitchen scraps into rich compost is called worm composting, and it’s not as hard as you may think – but the details will be discussed in another post. It’s an entirely different species of worm as well as set up and care.
Happy worm ranching!