Learn How Earthworms Benefit the Garden

How earthworms benefit the garden

I’ve been gardening with worms since childhood and it’s taken me years to keep from cringing each time, I dig up a batch.  I should really be ecstatic but for whatever reason they make me a little queasy.

However, worms play an important role towards natural gardening because they recycle organic waste into a rich soil.

Earthworms are amazing cultivators and have the ability to create these underground passageways that allow air and water to reach plant roots.

Here at Quail Grove the worms are large and in charge.  When we say, “Everything is Bigger in Texas” this includes the worms!

Recently, Robert brought me this 2 ft. beauty to work in one of my newer raised beds.  He was so proud, and my queasy self just wanted to transplant it rather quickly.

With all the rainfall the worm activity has been grand and they’re making tunnels everywhere.

Earthworms love moist and warm soil so they’re living a good life out here.

Earthworms in Raised Beds

All of my raised beds are open to the ground because I like to encourage worm activity.  It’s like having underground helpers improve the soil on a regular basis.  I love that!

Earthworms offer several benefits beginning with this ability to create passageways I mentioned earlier.

They continuously travel seeking nourishment and at some point, if you want them to stay, they’ll need to be fed on a regular basis.  This is really easy to incorporate through Direct Composting.

Important Benefits of Earthworms:

  • Recycle organic waste into a rich soil.
  • Cultivate underground passageways.
  • Their activity allows air and water to get to the roots.
  • They turn food waste into fertilizer.

By allowing earthworms to enter your garden you can also decrease hours of labor.  What I’m saying is, you won’t need composting bins because organic waste can be added to the soil directly.

Some gardeners even implement the method of vermicomposting, which is container composting with worms.

I’ve never really understood this additional effort because why not just keep it all natural in your soil where everything is already growing?

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How to Welcome Earthworms

To welcome worms you’ll want to avoid any deep tilling because this can damage their burrows.  Choose smaller beds that are taller referenced in my Startle Garden book.

These raised beds are easier to maintain and let me just say the worms love living in taller beds.  You may also enjoy reading no dig gardening.

Inviting earthworms is about creating a routine via direct composting because it works fast.  This is a matter of incorporating food waste directly into beds year-round.

This big 2 ft. worm that Robert brought over began digging immediately after being placed in a new location.  This is good because deep down there’s a nice source of organic waste he can devour.

Finally, don’t use any kind of pesticides because they will expire an entire worm population.  It’s just good practice to garden with nature because it allows you to grow your knowledge and the long-term results are incredible.

I’d like to encourage you to welcome the worms in your garden, let them do the work for you and turn your soil into a nice loam plants will love.

Learn how worms can benefit your garden with just a few simple applications. #GardenTips, #GardenWorms

7 comments

  1. daisy says:

    Good Gravy, that’s a big worm! I’m happily finding them, even in our heavy clay soil. They are a blessing, for sure.

  2. Christine says:

    I’m so sorry to hear you weren’t feeling good, Carole! Glad to hear you’re on the mend though! As for the worms-I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE worms! Growing up my dad always used to tell us that if there were plenty of worms in the ground before planting the garden we would have a bumper crop! I remember my sister and I would go out with our little plastic shovels and dig around until we found at least one and then bring it to him. He was overjoyed, my mom? Not so much! LOL! I have to say things really do grow bigger in Texas though! WOW! That’s one gigantic worm!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you- feels good to be on the mend. Well then if that holds true we should have bumper crops as well because the worm activity is busy.

  3. That is a big worm. I’ve been moving homemade compost here and there and finding a lot of big earthworms, but yours is a giant. I’ve never seen one that big.

    It always makes me glad when I see worms in my compost. It means I did something right. 🙂

    1. Carole says:

      So that was just one of many he dug up. I don’t get why they’re so large out but I won’t complain because my soil is sweet.

  4. Patti says:

    That is some worm. Recently when I was digging up the sod by hand. (cringe) in our front for a new garden bed, I came across many earthworms. Mind you they were maybe 3-4 inches long but every time I saw one I toss it back on the dirt for the garden. I was wearing gloves because they gross me out but I want their wonderful benefits for the garden.

    1. Carole says:

      I should wear gloves and then maybe I wouldn’t cringe everytime I see a worm. I can handle the small ones now, but these 2 ft. worms are something else.

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