Last year I covered my three raised beds with a thick layer of chopped leaves - mostly maple.
This spring, when I dug holes to plant, the soil was chock full of worms. I hated the digging because I felt like I was chopping up the worms and killing them!
Then, I thought, well, since there are so many worms there, maybe I don't need to work the soil. But, my plants are not doing that well.
So my question is, when worms are cut in half, do they die? Do I have to kill them to work my soil?