Thursday, November 22, 2018

Earthworms

 What do earthworms have to do with healthy food? They help create healthy soil.

Earthworms inhabit can live in a wide variety of soil types but like, all beings, the healthier the soil, the healthier and more numerous the earthworms. Air and moisture are two elements all earthworms demand. Unlike people the earthworm does not lungs. They breathe through their skin. Like people earthworms take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide.

Moisture provides help with breathing but, if there is too much water and they will drown.

Besides, the red wiggler. There are three other common earthworms. They are:

Nightcrawlers: 8 to 10 inches long and the fisherman's favourite. 
Garden Worms: 5 to 7 inches long and found commonly in damp soils. 
Manure Worms: 4 to 5 inches long and found in manure-rich soils. 

No earthworms in the garden? A garden without earthworms will not receive the wide number of benefits that the worms bring to the garden. Earthworms move through the soil by tunnelling. This tunneling action allows air and moisture to pass easily through the soil, creating a healthy environment for plants. Tunnels retain water that the plants are able to ingest. The air passing through these tunnels enables the soil bacteria to break down organic matter within the soil. 

Like humans. Sometime after consuming a meal, earthworms need to dispose of what they have consumed. The excrement the worm passes is small, say the size of a pinhead, for example. Soil scientists and natural gardeners refer to the discarded product as castings. Castings make an excellent soil additive. Castings improve the soil’s ability to retain moisture. To aid plant growth. It also assists in the battle against pests and diseases that can ultimately harm the plant.

Allow fallen leaves to accumulate on the garden bed.
Add mulch to the garden bed Directly bury kitchens craps into the soil. I remember watching my father to this. The hole should be between 10 centimeters (3.9 in)-20 centimeter (7.9 in) in depth. Do this all over the garden, a different spot every time.

Follow these simple steps and the worms will come. A healthy garden is a worm-filled garden.

Mulch can also be applied on top of the garden’s surface. Mulching Tips:
1- Mulch is spread on top of the soil around the plants and along pathways. You can use, leaves from deciduous trees and shrubs, lawn clippings and sawdust as mulch around perennial plants.
2- For your vegetable garden use nitrogen-rich green materials, for example, lawn clippings and other green garden trimmings.
·         Do not put mulch too close to tree trunks Spread the mulch out to the drip line, which is the outer perimeter of the tree’s branches
·         Remove mulch or turn it under in the Spring as slugs and snails will see it as an ideal place to lay eggs.
The natural gardener knows a thriving garden requires garden friends, until next week, happy gardening.

The red wiggler is an earthworm and was last week’s featured garden friend.

Today, our focus will fall on three other types of earthworms. The earthworm simplifies the work, anyone who does not use synthetic substances, must do to maintain a thriving, highly-productive garden.

Earthworms inhabit can live in a wide variety of soil types but like, all beings, the healthier the soil, the healthier and more numerous the earthworms. Air and moisture are two elements all earthworms demand. Unlike people the earthworm does not lungs. They breathe through their skin. Like people earthworms take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide.

Moisture provides help with breathing but, if there is too much water and they will drown.

Besides, the red wiggler. There are three other common earthworms. They are:

Nightcrawlers: 8 to 10 inches long and the fisherman's favourite. 
Garden Worms: 5 to 7 inches long and found commonly in damp soils. 
Manure Worms: 4 to 5 inches long and found in manure rich soils. 

No earthworms in the garden? A garden without earthworms will not receive the wide number of benefits that the worms bring to the garden. Earthworms move through the soil by tunnelling. This tunneling action allows air and moisture to pass easily through the soil, creating a healthy environment for plants. Tunnels retain water that the plants are able to ingest. The air passing through these tunnels enables the soil bacteria to break down organic matter within the soil. 

Like humans. Sometime after consuming a meal, earthworms need to dispose of what they have consumed. The excrement the worm passes is small, say the size of a pinhead, for example. Soil scientists and natural gardeners refer to the discarded product as castings. Castings make an excellent soil additive. Castings improve the soil’s ability to retain moisture. To aid plant growth. It also assists in the battle against pests and diseases that can ultimately harm the plant.
Allow fallen leaves to accumulate on the garden bed.
Add mulch to the garden bed Directly bury kitchens craps into the soil. I remember watching my father to this. The hole should be between 10 centimeters (3.9 in)-20 centimeter (7.9 in) in depth. Do this all over the garden, a different spot every time.

Follow these simple steps and the worms will come. A healthy garden is a worm-filled garden.

Mulch can also be applied on top of the garden’s surface. Mulching Tips:
1- Mulch is spread on top of the soil around the plants and along pathways. You can use, leaves from deciduous trees and shrubs, lawn clippings and sawdust as mulch around perennial plants.
2- For your vegetable garden use nitrogen-rich green materials, for example, lawn clippings and other green garden trimmings.
·         Do not put mulch too close to tree trunks Spread the mulch out to the drip line, which is the outer perimeter of the tree’s branches
·         Remove mulch or turn it under in the Spring as slugs and snails will see it as an ideal lace to lay eggs.

The natural gardener knows a thriving garden requires garden friends, until next week, happy gardening.

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