Worms!!

greenbean08_gw(PNW)March 18, 2009

I was outdoors enjoying the nice weather today, filling one of my new garden beds. I wanted to "seed" the bed with some worms and I reached into one of my older beds to grab a handful of material (and hopefully some worms).

I got a whopper of a handful this time! Check out these babies! From Tales of a Transplanted Gardener From Tales of a Transplanted Gardener

Apparently worms like squash. This is part of a squash (one of several) I buried in the bed in the fall.

This is more like what I was expecting to find in my handful... From Tales of a Transplanted Gardener

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anniesgranny(6b)

WOW! I'd better start burying squash! I cleaned up some of my beds today, and I did see a few worms (and lots of partially decomposed newspaper from bottom liners and paper pots), but certainly nothing like that! I guess I should go out with a flashlight and see if I have night crawlers.

Granny

Here is a link that might be useful: Annie's Kitchen Garden

    Bookmark   March 18, 2009 at 11:02PM
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engineeredgarden(7, nw Alabama)

Man! I think i'm gonna bury my squash, too! Well....maybe a couple. Heh.

EG

    Bookmark   March 18, 2009 at 11:44PM
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sinfonian(U8b A2 S5 SeaWA)

Makes me wish I hadn't lined my beds with worm stopping landscape fabric. Hehe. Amazing!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 12:41AM
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jbest123(Zone 5 PA)

Amy I suspect that your vegies are going to do great this year. My worms went south for the winter and are just coming back now. I have to shred the pumpkins and squash so it gets distributed through the compost because of the moles.:o(

John

Here is a link that might be useful: Johns Journal

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 5:23AM
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pthomas453

That is impressive greenbean.

A question for you, do you have any weed fabric on the underside of your bed?

I am planning on making my first SFG beds shortly and was planning on putting fabric down to keep the grass out but wont this keep the worms out as well?

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 8:12PM
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greenbean08_gw(PNW)

It's funny, I don't think I've ever been so happy to see worms as I've been with this garden! I've always tried not to kill them and I knew they were good but I think I have learned so much more about soil life this past year, I have a greater appreciation for the little guys.

I don't have fabric under my beds. I'm actually removing the landscape fabric from under the mulch in my paths too. I've recently found a lot of worms that seem to be wound up in the fibers. I want them to be able to move freely throughout the area.

Last year, I put a thin paper layer (I didn't have much newspaper at the time) under the beds and this year I'm using a thicker paper layer under the new ones because I have it. There was not much growing where I put the garden that needed smothering. I probably could have gotten away with just filling the boxes with nothing underneath.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tales of a Transplanted Gardener

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 11:07PM
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pthomas453

No fabric? I have crabgrass in the area where I will plant so I will probably use the fabric. I ordered Mels's book and perhaps he elaborates more on this.

I think I will add worms to the mix.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 5:46PM
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sinfonian(U8b A2 S5 SeaWA)

I don't know why but I added worms to my mels mix and most if not all died. Maybe it was the worms, but I haven't tried again to add them. And with my fabric and gravel lining, none are getting in on their own.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 8:31PM
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greenbean08_gw(PNW)

I can't say for sure, but I would think unless you're dealing with something like Bermuda grass, if you put down a thick layer of newspaper or cardboard, it should smother the grass underneath. You could ask on the soil & compost forum if anyone has experience with crabgrass under their lasagna garden.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tales of a Transplanted Gardener

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 9:33PM
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engineeredgarden(7, nw Alabama)

I have crabgrass, and the fabric stopped it from entering my garden.

EG

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 12:31AM
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lawncheney

I used cardboard to put in mine last year, and it stopped the grass from coming up. I had a few persistent buggers that came up, but they were easy to pull out... maybe 5 or 6 per 4x4.

I moved the squares several feet last night to make a 4x8 out of them, and there was no sign of grass or cardboard... just a couple strands of packing tape. I think cardboard is the way to go.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2009 at 9:01AM
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