Worm knowledge, please
I hope I'm asking on the right forum as this is both a worm & compost question.
I make compost using 2 recycle bins and only use organics (compost, cornmeal, alfalfa pellets, soybean meal, etc.) on lawn and beds.
Having a dog limits my use of manure ~ (bad enough that he eats his weight in corn and soymeals!), but have found that no matter how well rotted, any manure becomes his new 'best friend'.
On to my question: A nurseryman told me that I could dump a thick layer of composts on my beds followed by the purchase of a container of nightcrawlers per 15'. He said tipping a container over at night and waking to no visible worms in the morning meant they were busy carrying the compost deep into the earth.
All the reading I've done says:
1. Don't introduce nightcrawlers to the garden if they aren't already there. (I commonly see both 6" earthworms as well as some 'monsters' from time to time.)
- A worm is going to live where it wants and not where you put it. (When ever I dig, I'save' any little guys from being hacked in two ~ sometimes moving them from one bed to another.)
- Never using pesticides or chemical fertilizers and only using organics is the best way to increase the natural worm population and help incorporate compost into the ground without lots of digging and turning.
What's the real scoop here?