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What The Fact?? EARTHWORMS

A garden without earthworms is like an ocean without fish, or a tree without leaves.

Farming earthworms in isolated systems is popular for producing worm juice and castings for you to apply to your garden. But you have to physically do the work if you have the time. A worm farm can be an issue in the heat, which creates more work for you. Keep them cool by placing the worm farm in the shade. Top it with wet newspaper or a wet towel so the worms have some cool, safe refuge at the top of the heap.

Don’t over water the worm muck in an attempt to cool it down, as this may drown the precious inhabitants.Water the outside of the black plastic instead.

Better still if you farm your worms in the ground you remove most of your input and get greater benefits. The worms directly fertilise, aerate, and ultimately improve the soil in your garden.
Earthworms eat subsoil, a lot of it, and then deposit their processed product at the topsoil level bringing deep mineral nourishment to the root systems of your fruit and vegetables. The also like to eat all the kitchen scraps you can feed them.

The passage ways left by busy earthworms are great ways to aerate clay soils and give feeder roots an easier path.
We recommend boosting earthworm visitors to your garden by creating safe places for them to poop, away from the prying eyes of the magpie fraternity.

Lay deep mulch where you can, to entice earthworms into your yard and let them work the soil for you. Your plants will love you for it

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