How to Grow Worms in Your Garden How to Grow Worms in Your Garden
Any healthy garden, whether organic or not, will have many worms tunneling and eating their way beneath the soil, the plants and the root systems. All gardens need to have worms. Worms are a natural aeration system for your garden. In the fall, you aerate your grass, well this is similar to what worms do for your garden. As they eat their way under the soil and as they create paths beneath the plants, they create pockets of air, allowing oxygen to release from the plants root systems, allowing the roots to expand and grow. Here’s how to restore and grow worms in your garden.
Step 1: Create a Compost Pile Outside and Inside
Start to put aside healthy nutrients. Let’s start inside the kitchen. Purchase a small trash can with a lid. Line it with a plastic bag or paper bag. Start to collect nutritious scraps in your new inside compost bin. Add vegetable scraps such as carrot and potato peels, egg shells and left over fruits and vegetables that have gone bad in your fridge. Outdoors, put a small compost bin up. This will be for outdoor organic / grassy materials. At the end of cutting your lawn, add dead plants, grass clippings and leaves.
Step 2: Bury the Compost
Take out your trowel and start to mix the soil up in between your plants. Pull about a 1 to 2-inch layer of soil away from your plants. Bury the compost materials. Add a healthy mix of outdoor compost and indoor compost. Using your soil rake, rake the excess soil back over the compost. Purchase some new garden soil and apply an additional ½ to 1 inch layer of fresh soil over the compost material.
Step 3: Add Worm Castings
To boost the development of worms, add worm castings to your garden topsoil. Worm castings can be purchased through your local garden shop or greenhouse. Worm castings are simply an organic material that helps to quickly break down the compost material and it helps develop the worms in your garden area. It is also known as the end product or the waste of the worm (worm manure).
Step 4 - Water Your Garden
Water the garden thoroughly.
Step 5: Keep the Conditions Optimal
Worms love food, moisture and oxygen. Keep your garden conditions at optimal level. Do not forget to water the garden well. In optimal conditions, worms will produce about three to four new cocoons each week. One single cocoon will foster 3 to 10 baby worms. Harvest your worms every few months. Separate the worms from their castings. Introduce more worms into your garden frequently.