The only time the average person is likely to see a multitude of earthworms is after a rain storm when they are squirming around on sidewalks trying to make their way back into the ground. It can seem like a nuisance when too many of them are washed ashore like this after a good downpour! But earthworms are far from nuisances when it comes to the important role they play in the earth’s ecosystem. In fact, they are vital to the health of the earth’s soil.
Types of Earthworms
There are more than 4,400 species of earthworms on the planet. The four main types are: 1) surface dwellers, 2) topsoil dwellers, 3) subsoil dwellers, and 4) compost dwellers.
All types of earthworms lend a hand to the vitality of soil and assist with increased plant growth. When they move through the ground, they mix nutrients, create aeration, and develop a means for water drainage. There is no specific answer to the question, “How many earthworms to I need to create a thriving garden?” There is no such thing as having too many earthworms living in your soil!
Earthworms and Organic Compost
Earthworms thrive when they feast on organic and nitrogen-rich compost. This means the compost material you create with the help of your Green Cycler that is used in your garden will result in healthy and happy worms. When earthworms are drawn to a particular area because of a compost pile or because of compost that has been integrated into soil as fertilizer, they feed on the organic matter. When the nutrients pass through earthworms’ bodies, the result is excreted castings. When the castings are shed they are left in the soil, which creates an extremely nutritious fertilizer for the plants growing in the vicinity.
Learning to Love Earthworms
Once you learn more about the importance of earthworms and just how fastidious they are at consuming compostable kitchen scraps, you may decide to maintain your own earthworm bin! Not only will the worms living in a worm bin recycle your unused kitchen food scraps, but you will be able to efficiently collect their’ castings to use in specific areas of your garden! There are many tips and instruction guides available to assist you in your worm raising efforts.
One of the greatest aspects of raising worms in a worm bin is that they will continue to eat kitchen scraps and create castings over and over again – as long as they live in healthy conditions and at the correct temperature. They will happily and efficiently work for you like ultimate recycling machines!
The Importance of Earthworms
It’s undeniable that gardeners are extremely important to their gardens. The amount of time and effort a gardener puts into his or her garden is undoubtedly reflected in the success of the garden – specifically how it looks and flourishes. But earthworms are just as important to the success of a garden because they play such a vital role in the health of the soil. Despite the fact that earthworms are not always visible above ground, you can rest assured they are hard at work at all times – making sure your soil is aerated, tilled, and full of healthy nutrients to sustain your plants.