Episode #93 | Original Air Date: July 8, 2020
Of all the critters in your garden you might need to worry about, the hard-working earthworm is not one of them.
Earthworm burrowing and tunneling greatly contributes to soil health. As they dig, earthworms feed on organic matter, converting it into a nutrient rich humus called worm castings. This not only enhances organic matter decomposition but builds soil structure as well.
And, the earthworm tunnels loosen and aerate the soil and provide paths for roots to grow and water to infiltrate.
There are lots of different kinds of earthworms, and they’re all beneficial. To encourage earthworms in your landscape, use a rich organic mulch to build up soil organic matter.
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