I've got worms!

mandolls(4)May 7, 2011

I turned over the soil in two more of my raised beds yesterday. One of them was so full of worms I couldn't believe it!. I'd guess at least one in each handful of dirt. These are 8-12" deep beds I started last year using mostly composted manure and a little peat that I turned into my sandy soil. All of the others had worms, but this one was teeming with them. Is there such a thing as to many worms?

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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

The earthworm population is pretty self regulating. Only as many as the available food source will support will stay around.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 6:43AM
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borderbarb

How neat! Know the feeling! After a few years of adding OM to my soil, it was as you describe ... teeming ... the the plants seem to like them. I call them my hired hands ... they dig, stir, mix and fertilize and I sip my tea in the shade......like a plutocrat.... lol

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 2:21PM
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ladyrose65

Congratulations! It feels good to see them!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 9:50PM
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jolj(7b/8a)

Congratulation!!
As most of the persons on this forum already know, I have tons of coffee waste. No worms in the deep pile,just mushrooms & fire ants.
In the raised beds I get 25-50 green fruit beetle grubs per shovel full of soil. Some one said that earthworms was proof of good soil/organic matter. I wonder if grubs count, being they are a life force, that eat organic matter.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 10:52PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Grubs are not the same as earthworms, jolj.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2011 at 6:22AM
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jolj(7b/8a)

Who said this & why .
They eat organic matter & they loosening the soil.
So what make a foreign species(earthworms), better then a native species(green fruit bettle grubs).
I think you are slitting worms, myself.:-)

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 10:22PM
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jolj(7b/8a)

Got earthworms around my fig tree.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2011 at 10:07PM
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