How to create an Abundance of Earthworms in your Garden


Hello and welcome back to HuwsNursery. Earthworms
are the workers of the soil and are sometimes called nature’s plow. Their job is very
important for the quality of soil and also decomposition. Many of you will think the
more earthworms there are the healthier the soil however this isn’t always the case.
But as organic vegetable gardeners we encourage an abundance of earthworms in our garden to
help maintain healthy soil. There are more than 7,000 species of them and in terms of
biomass they dominate the world of soil invertebrates and play a major role in decomposition across
the globe. Their most common known job is to recycle decaying organic matter for example
eating and digesting leaves which provides casts that contain Nitrogen, Phosphorous and
Potassium which are essential nutrients for healthy plant growth. The NPK values can range
from 3-2-2 to 0.5-0.1-0.1 depending on their diet. The castings also contain a lot of micronutrients.
Earthworms also have many other benefits for the garden. One of my personal favourite benefits
of having earthworms in the garden is improving root growth for plants. As they munch their
way through the soil they leave channels of nutrient rich casts which plant roots can
follow. These channels can also create better moisture content for soils and even improve
aeration. Other benefits include mixing poor soil with organic matter, stimulating microbial
activity and better soil tilth which are all positives for any vegetable garden. In Permaculture
earthworms are possibly the biggest asset as the worst thing is to get a dead soil where
no microorganisms and earthworms are living and working. The population of earthworms
is influenced by quality of food supplies and soil disturbance for example digging.
The US department of agriculture has a list of underlying factors which affect the abundance
of earthworms which you can find the link of in the description. So what steps can you
take to increase the populations in your own backyard? In simple terms the more fresh organic
matter there is in the soil the more earthworms there are. Adding organic matter like compost
and leaf mold or mulches is the answer for many questions for example improving soil
fertility, moisture retention and in last week’s video a better pH, however how much
organic matter do I need to keep my earthworm population thriving? It all depends on your
topsoil quality however a good rule of thumb is to easily sink your forefinger into the
soil and to the knuckle. If you can do this you will have soft and airy soil which will
allow bigger vegetables as it will be easier for them to grow and won’t be fighting compacted
soil. Aim for a medium textured soil which is preferred by earthworms. Many people say
to grow vegetables you need a 50% topsoil and 50% compost mix. Now this 50% compost
mix doesn’t have to be just vegetable scrap compost as it could also be leaf mould mixed
in or mushroom compost. You don’t have to have this ratio however if you’re just starting
out or wanting to keep costs low I would recommend starting with at least a third of growing
mixture to have compost in and the rest to be soil. Remember you don’t need to buy
any compost because you can easily create it at home. Check out this video about building
soil during the autumn and winter ready for spring. Interestingly in square foot gardening
there isn’t any soil but 1 third of vermiculite, 1 third peat moss and another third blended
compost but if you follow organic gardening principles swap the peat moss with leaf mold.
The mistake we made was by not covering bare bits of ground with mulch such as fall leaves.
This leaves a bare patch and will discourage earthworms as there is no food for them to
eat. Therefore ensuring that you mulch beds particularly during the growing season and
autumn will not only stop weeds from growing but provide a great source of food for the
worms. Typical mulches could be well-rotted manure, fall leaves or grass clippings from
the lawn. Another factor to an increased earthworm population is soil depth so if you grow in
raised beds on top of soil you won’t have many problems but if it is on concrete you
will expect to find fewer earthworms. To compensate the lower numbers start a worm farm and harvest
the castings and spread them round the soil or add other cheap amendments such as compost
tea, used coffee grounds and Biochar to name a few. What do you do to keep populations
of earthworms high? I’d love to know so please tell me by posting a comment in the
comments section. I have attached a few resources in the description if you’d like to find
out more and if you did enjoy this please give this video a thumbs up. I would wish
to thank Josh Sommers for allowing me to use his close up clip of worms and you can take
a look at his work on flickr. If you haven’t already please consider joining this ever
growing community by clicking the subscribe button to stay updated with growing vegetables
and learn how to grow organic produce inexpensively. Thank you very much for watching and see you
again soon!

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  • Great video. In addition to the practices you mention, I made these.   http://www.instructables.com/id/Worm-Cafe-Compost-with-earthworms-right-in-your/

  • Thanks for sharing, Huw.  I am anxious to see how many pounds of castings I get from my worm farms by Spring.   When I add the castings to my garden beds, my castings always contain some worms.  The worms are happy to see that I have a lot of organic matter on my raised beds.  I tell them to ENJOY your new home and 'chow down and poop'.  Thanks for motivating me.  :0)

  • Huw, I am absolutely convinced that you mean well, but I find this video very confused as if you began it by having a point but got lost in how to make it.  Dare I say that you should go back to something local and then let off the firework of what you have seen in your soil.  I have been following you now for well over a yea4 and I love what you do, but it is also time for you to place your own marker in the Youtube soil, not just copy what you can see that works from over there.

  • Great vid Huw. I think it is tremendously helpful to find videos like yours that help people along on their path from novice to experienced gardener. Thanks and cheers!

  • Great information on earthworms and how to increase their numbers, Huw!

  • well done sir but such a close up view of wiggly things I nearly ran from my computer 😛 great info thanks for sharing.

  • Great explanation.
    I think mulch is the way to go for worms and far less easier weeding. I try to mulch all my beds in autumn.
     

  • Hi Huws, very informative video as usual. What do you think about adding earth worms in the container garden soil? Is it going to help better soil in the container too? Or prefer to have worms in the raise bed soil only? Thanks.

  • I have Huge earth worms and plenty of them in all my beds and containers. I have compost piles of food scraps and that they come to and feed on, even during the winter. When I add that to my beds the worms go with and keep working and multiplying. These particular worms get very large and are very active. I even did a video on them. I love my worms!

  • Sheet composting in the Fall with leaves and applying compost and grass clippings as a mulch during the growing season are the main soil inputs we use to encourage earthworm populations in our gardens. Pretty basic stuff. In going to try applying fresh coffee grounds around my plants this year and see if it does any good. Enjoy your videos, thanks for sharing!

  • I was adding a scoop of worm castings to my container as i was preparing it for growing vegetables. I was surprised to find a worm in my container from the castings as that bag i purchases is over a year old!  I dumped it in my fairly big raspberry container. It disappeared after a few moments so hopefully it has a new home! My back garden is all paved over so i had nowhere else to put it.

  • Can I use worms from fruits and put them in a worm bin? Will it help me with my garden?

  • Excellent information. I've been using our guinea pig waste (mostly green left-overs, hay, droppings and sometimes wet wood shavings) along with fine tree brush on sections of hard compacted clay soil where nothing at all would grow. This weekend I added some decomposing leaf mold and while forking through to loosen the soil below my lasagne I came across a worm almost as thick as the tine on my fork! Given the time I'm sure he can do a better job than my fork!

  • The earthworms and their eggs are in our compost pile naturally. We spread our composted leaves and grass on the garden and plow it under in the fall. Then we start a new compost pile with grass and leaves. In late fall, leaves are raked onto the top of the garden. Check out the Abled Gardener and her worm towers.

  • Good to keep your soil surface with some kind of mulch but also, worms and soil bacteria love to feed in and around the root zones of living plants, it's the most biologically active portion of the soil and therefore, nutrient dense. The best way to keep the life in your soil flourishing is to: A. limit soil disturbance B. keep a living root in the ground at all times, i.e Grow a cover crop as soon as ground becomes vacant.

  • I grew worms on concrete and they grew to the length of and ~ the diameter of a pencil, dark red in color and quite well hydrated judging by their firmness. I achieved it by piling soft soil and mixing it with vegetable matter destined for the garbage can, hosing it well, and turning it over once weekly. In about two months, I went out to shovel up the compost for my garden and found it saturated with the worms described above, so I left it and when I overturned it again a couple of weeks later, I discovered I was a grandfather. I did not plant the worms, so I do not know their origin, but there they were.

  • Thanks for info. I have raised tomato garden in yard- 15 non determinate mixed w marigolds to keep green tomato moth worms out. I raise plenty of worms in house in five gallon bucket sitting on top of another. Use the bottom one for fertilizing with water that out from top bkt of worms. When they populate I take some worms out and add to garden. Hard workers! My honey bees all died from neighboring farmer pesticides. Bees, earth worms and lady bugs are gardens best friends!

  • Last fall I tilled a nice load of well aged rabbit manure into a garden plot I was starting. I then mulched heavily with straw and hay. Early in March I started finding earth worms all over the garden. I have identified them as lumbricus rubellus, and some now in May are 6 inch long!

  • good nice vidiyo

  • In Vermont, earthworms are considered invasive. They do help gardens but if they get into your nearby forest, they create trouble. No?

  • well this is all good if you live in england, I live in a desert.

  • I did not come up with this idea but am implementing it in my raised beds and in ground around fruit trees. Use 5 gallon plastic buckets and drill 1/2" holes 2/3 up from the bottom and in the bottom of bucket as well. Holes should be a couple inches apart max. Now create a worm farm; layer paper, compost and veg scraps. Add a lid and bury 3/4 the way up bucket in ground. Keep adding kitchen waste periodically and adequate water. The worms will go in and out of the holes to create an oasis of fertile soil around the bucket. I am going for buckets 6' apart. When bucket is full of worm castings, empty. Use on top of soil or gently mix in or part of seedling mix or whatever you need. We live in an arid climate, 14" of rain is a good year. We have about 8" of soil on top of sand. Constantly making compost and chipping branches to improve soil. No bare soil, mulch with cardboard, wheat and rice straw and leaves. I have a 3 tier worm farm thing that I am over with. Hoping the bucket idea will eliminate some work.

  • excellent links in the description thanks buddy…

  • Thanks alot. 🙂

  • And great links in the description thanks alot.

  • We started by purchasing 1 lb of red wiggler composting worms. I had 2 worm bins I put them in, but they died because of the harsh summer we had and I didn't know what to do to protect them. But at the same time, I put a few in my container where I was growing 2 tomato plants and they thrived and multiplied quickly without us knowing. When we found out that we had a thriving population of worms, we started regularly feeding them by carefully digging around the plants and burying vegetable and fruit scraps as well as mulching with free goat manure and hay (our friends have a goat ranch). This has worked VERY WELL for us! So much so that I'm giving away our red wiggler worms in shoebox sized plastic totes as unique Christmas, birthday and housewarming gifts! Our friends and family love them, once they get over their initial shock!

  • Rake the ground and put water over it

  • That is how I get my pet earth worms but don't worry I let them wiggle around in the grass-soil

  • Dear you tube garden friend. I watch your "How to create an Abundance of Earthworms in your Garden" video and i have a wonderful suggestion to add more Earthworms to your garden. Its called Coffee grounds. For some reason Earthworms love the stuff. I started by adding it to my compost pile long ago and into my indoor vermiculture bins. I so discovered that not only did I get babies and more Earthworms I also got big and healthy ones. Even leaving the coffee grounds in their bags on the pavement they just seemed to find it in droves. I hope this helps your adventures in making more earthworm populations.

  • Made a big mistake with worms in my garden this week. I was planting carrots… and used the method where you cover up the carrot seeds after sowing/sprinkling them. After a couple days they didn't sprout like they normally do. I figured it was the weather, because it's still a little cold/early. I didn't have any carrots sprouting, but I had a ton of worms under the board that I used, so I decided to give the worms some dry leaves to eat. Unfortunately it seems that they didn't just eat the leaves, they ate all the seeds/sprouts too (if there ever were any sprouts). I just decided to look online to see if worms eat seeds and found out that they eat both seeds and sprouts. I'm sure they ate the seeds because they would have definitely sprouted by now. The seeds I planted in another location that wasn't taken over by worms have all sprouted, but none of the ones where the worms are have. I put more seeds down in the same spot, but not I'm wishing I didn't, because they've probably all been eaten by the worms too. Some people say not to add leaf litter and stuff like that to your garden, because it brings insects and fungi to your garden that can be harmful, but this year I decided to try it, because It's been too wet and cold to plant anything yet… It's pretty cool to see all the worms feeding on the leaves. They literally drag the leaves into their holes where they eat them and then poop just outside the hole, so now I have many 100s (if not 1000s) of worm poop hills in my garden and leaves all over that look like they were pushed into the ground with a stick.

  • I live in the tropics….there is no way worms could live in my compost. They'll get fried alive.

  • Homemade compost is by far better than commercial compost.

  • I've used the addition of organic matter and mulching as you have suggested for a very long time.I find that limestone attracts earthworms.I also learned from an expert that one should not add more than 15% citrus/citrus peels to the compost pile because earthworms hate citrus.If you were to mulch with orange peels the earthworms would leave that area.Keeping the soil moist helps.I also used a pit(I removed the topsoil and used it elsewhere)where I put trimmings from woody shrubs,small branches,some used biodegradable cat litter,and then cover this with the subsoil until I have a lot of pruning to do.I moisten we before I close the pit which is a bit below everything else so it can collect rain water to help stay moist,when I dug it open,there worms in there as a bonus to feed my pond fish.I left some to multiply too.I used the pond water to irrigate as well.It worked very well but I had to move.

  • Keep feeding them

  • Keep feeding them

  • Oh and keep soil moist they don't like dry ground

  • How are the mice below the hay ? Do not they start looking for themselves under the hay?

  • Love these sort of videos. We're not on a globe. You said "across the globe". We're on a plane. Just call it Earth. It's easier that way.

  • I have found the earthworms love used coffee grounds. I collect them from Starbucks.

    There are many claims to how well they thrive off of the grounds, but I convinced myself one year when I filled a large plastic plastic tote with some soil and a lot of coffee grounds; and I do mean a lot. There was a hole in the bottom of the tote and when I emptied it the following spring it was full of earth worms.

  • I use Square Foot Gardening entirely. I also raised red wigglers one year about 3 ago. After doing this, I dumped the wigglers directly into one of my round compost bins expecting them to help the breakdown that summer. What I found besides this was the following winter they stayed in the middle of the huge bin full of mainly leaves and grass clippings staying warm enough for the next year. I was shocked to see how they had multiplied during the cold winter months. In the middle of the following summer, I had added my daily scraps instead of the worm bins and they worms love it. I use the filtered compost directly in my raised bed, always keeping the main mass of worms in the compost bid to continue to multiply again and again. If anything, they have doubled or tripled in number while the bin shrinks into usable homemade soil.

  • Verma-compost, manure with haw, straw bales broken down, and pick up coffee grounds from the local coffee house. On the rare occasion, I will make bio-char from remnants in the fire-pit. I'm wanting to get my hands on some local mushroom compost.

  • Worms LOVE watermelon, I make sure to give them a few slices each season along with other fruits and USED COFFEE grounds. I recently finished a compost pile with, among many other things, three garbage bags full of used coffee grounds from a local cafe. The pile went hot, then came ants, then came hundreds of worms within 2 months. When it was time to use each shovel load had at least 20 worms.

  • Going in circles. Fewer words, get to the point.

  • Video starts at 2:50

  • CORN MEAL MAKES WORMS BIGGER,TOBACCO KILLS RODENTS.DISHSOAP AND BEER KILLS SNAILS AND SLUGS.AND VINEGAR KILLS WEEDS.

  • I'VE HEARD SPRINKLING EPSOM SALTS WILL INCREASE WORMS IN SOIL.

  • I have a multi species lawn. I use the clippings as mulch. The worms seem to love it.

  • Does the small white worm found in cow dung harmful to plants ?

  • To make earthworms population grow I will keep humity soil and leaves and orthers source's of food for they!!!!!!

  • Very good information

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  • I have 109 production beds (3’X50’) with a third put to rest at the end of August. They’re sown to Daikons/Tillage radishes. They punch down 18-24” and then die with the first hard freeze. The dead leaves make a canopy and the roots become feeding nurseries for earthworms. In the spring, the soil is utterly transformed with the salient point being that all nutrients are in bio available form. In my opinion, this practice is better than sowing Winter rye which is also transforming but the nutrients aren’t available until the rye is killed off and rots.

  • How to get rid of ants

  • If a worm farm feeds the worms raw vegetable scraps then why not bury it in the beds right along side the veg and flowers to attract more worms. That's what I am going to do.

  • Worm farms are pointless just put layers of dirt and food waste in a normal compost bin and don't turn it and you will have untold worms!
    And stop digging that destroys the soil and the worm and fungal population!

  • Thank you for this great video. I'm new in gardening and just learning from different videos and books I read. I noticed in my backyard the places I added more spent coffee grounds are where the earth worms are.

  • Do earthworms like coffee
    Geounds or just tolerate it? I have tons of it at work but not sure if its a good idea to use in my farm

  • I thought I would share a recent discovery I made regarding Worm Tea which is the main fertilizer for my LARGE Patio Garden. So, I recycle my Kitchen vegetative waste through my worm bin, a 27 gallon rectangular tote. Then I pour about 5 gallons of water daily through the worm bin and collect the runoff which is my version of worm tea. But this year I planted A LOT of Comfrey from roots and crowns, about 20 plants and ended up with an overabundance of Comfrey Leaves beyond what I needed for making Comfrey Salve. Since my bucket of Worm Tea was just sitting there, I decided to add the excess Comfrey Leaves. I chopped up about 10 leaves and let it sit overnight. Next day, they were softening so I sprayed them with a powerful jet of water till the bucket was full. After doing this daily, after about 4 days, the Comfrey Leaves had turned to mush and dissolved doubling or tripling both the amount and POWER of my liquid fertilizer. And Comfrey grows so easily and quickly, using this method gives unlimited amounts of Free and Natural and Organic Fertilizer. Let me hear from you guys on this…Enjoy! Also, here below you will see my recipe for Comfrey Salve, the main reason I grow so much Comfrey:
    Comfrey & Herbal Salve — 1 cup dried comfrey leaves – 2.5 cups Olive or Coconut Oil – 2 oz BeesWax – 2 Capsules Vitamin E – PLUS Watercress & Aloe Vera & Catnip & Whatever Essential Oils You Wish — Add Oil & Dry Items to Crockpot on Low Without Lid for 5 Hours Then Strain & Makes Six 4 oz Containers of Salve

  • Something new that I've just started is to dig a hole in my raised bed about the size of a 5 gallon bucket and maybe 18 inches deep where I won't be planting. I fill it up with organic matter and some half finished compost. I cover it with a thick layer of straw to keep the birds out and to keep the soil cooler. Planning on continuously adding organic material throughout the season. Added red wrigglers and the population exploded. Will probably have more worm pits throughout my garden and mulching my raised bed with thick layers of straw. Hoping to turn it into a big worm fest.

  • Coffee grounds bring them in big Time!

  • I found putting used coffee in the raised bed or garden bed attracts the worms in fact I'm going to feed them later today with used coffee grounds & compst latet today

  • I have been trying to teach my worms to stay in the garden,but they prefer the neighbors gardens.Maybe more compost.

  • Absolutely beneficial to add or keep earthworms in your garden. To those who dont see good results add earthworm castings.

  • I mulch with straw in May and leaves in about October, I think leaves work better but I use whichever are available. Wood chips are also good, but I find that they encourage woodlice which eat my plants and encourage fewer earthworms.

  • I have a worm farm, I water them 1 or 2 times a day lightly (2-3 mins each time) just to keep the top wet, but not soak, there are drains and I do collect the water and use as fertilizer, Worms likes it when it's almost soak but that will pull them to the top of the soil and birds will feast on them, so avoid over watering, the amount of water depends on your local climate, if it's too hot, 2 times a day, if its windy and dry 2 times aswell, if it is rainy, or foggy or no sunshine for days, 1 time it's enough, if you have freezing conditions avoid watering until weather improves. I use manure as primary food source for the earthworms, I use mostly goat/lamb manure, I avoid grass and other "fresh" plants as it will raise the temperature under the soil as too many microorganism can rise the temperature too high and kill worms, a mixture and light top layer of fresh cut grass or leaves or any other material (1-3 inches). this will produce a nice soft crumbly and good balance nutrient soil. I usually change the manure-soil 4 times a year, once the top layer of the soil starts showing small soil balls that's the worms working and reaching the top layer and eating the last food they have available, this soil can be spreaded on your garden or mix to get soil for planting on pots, buckets… or on whatever you are growing your flowers/fruits/vegetables. I use Red Californian Earthworm as it works best for me and the local weather. ^-^

  • I'm so happy I found your video blog! I'm a French guy who live in Colchester and I try to apply those methods to our allotment, it's not easy but we are getting there! Thank you Huw

  • Do worms feed on planted seeds and their eventual roots in the soil?

  • I clicked on this video out of curiosity, as we have nightcrawlers galore on our property. However, we have a heavy hard pan clay soil, which you would assume would NOT be hospitable for earthworms or nightcrawlers. But, when the soil is turned over (we farm hay) you CAN see plenty of decaying organic matter in the form of old plant roots.

    But I did like your tip on adding manure to keep the weeds down (and add nitrogen). I will have to try that!

  • I have raised beds I also add my composting worms as I use a lot of mulch when growing my fruit and veg, so as long as you keep composting worms such as 🐅 tiger or Brandling is Great Earth worm 🐛 for this environment too! My composting worms are breeding and growing absolutely huge in my outside beds as well as in my worm bins … 7 of them now!! What started off as a hobby to grow my own veg and fruit has now turned into seven bins and an outside compost heap , not to mention the outside compost bin! Please watch my videos and subscribe, like to if you agree with what I’m doing any constructive criticism and will be welcome. First video is called , How can I feed my wooden bins steroid mix. Second video is called, is it time to harvest my bins ? Thanks very much love your videos by the way I’m a beginner hello ! ✌🏽🍀🐛👩🏽‍🌾🇬🇧🌹🍏

  • Nice vid.
    I use coffe grounds and corn meal mixed. They love both. Instead of I secticides ehich kill off populations of beneficial bacteria and otger beneficial creepy crawlers, I use a flour softer tp spread dust on earth on plants and the ground. Animals don't want tgat in their mouths either.

  • Cardboard and coffee grounds!

  • cow dung

  • Would it be wise to place one earthworm in a pot of plant? Just one in each pot since i only have indoor plants

  • Is the speaker South African?

  • why do I have NO worms in my compost pile use to have thousands

  • I open my worm bin ants are inside my warm bin, how to

  • I like to sprinkle either ground malt barley or wheat germ. Both are cheap and contain good nutrient and enzymes and plenty of carbohydrates to help worm, bacteria and fungi population flourish. Wheat germ is like 2.5-2.5-1.5NPK and full of minerals, only cost like 1.20$/pound.

  • Hoping someone can answer this for me:

    Background — the yard on the side of our house (60' x 50') can't seem to grow anything but weeds and goatheads (think pointy legos). So we yanked weeds, tilled it out, and laid down black plastic to prevent more. Then we've built about a dozen 3'x12' boxes for raised beds, filling them with soil/compost, and surrounding the boxes with gravel.

    Question — One of these beds I recently (less than a week ago) put in a small container of earthworms, to see how they'd do. How do I tell if they're doing anything, or (heaven forbid!) have died?

  • Too slow, just get to the point sooner.

  • my mow area is a vast array of wild herbaceous plants. putting clippings from that down attracts earthworms by the hoards.

  • I dont use onions or citrus. mine tend not to like it. regular corn meal, and egg shells help them digest better. also card board with the holes so their segments can rub against it. they love that too. i feed mine once a week and they have been thriving for months with no smell, fruit flies or critters. i make sure to keep the temp in between 72-83. I also keep my bin indoors so that could make a bit of a difference also. Hope this helps.

  • Can someone tell what varietes I got in this video as per my experience they are epigic and endogeic https://youtu.be/T1Qr9S-5C0I

  • Very nice, excellent one

  • why didnt you get to the point straight away ? the incessant jabbering on youtube is very time consuming. most of your jaw flapping is trying to instill trust into your watcher, its stupid, get to the point first then you can crap on all you like for the viewer who needs confirmation of your ability. come on !

  • Can we get earthworm by keeping dung wet for long time doing nothing

  • Very good sir i am watching from South Korea now a days when I will go back to Nepal

  • Our soil is mostly fine sand, with some silt, and very little clay. When compact it becomes like concrete and will drain very slowly. How can I improve the soil with earthworms?

  • We do 14-day composting in plastic 55-gallon garbage cans with several small holes drilled throughout. Every time we empty a can and lift it up, there are 15-20 worms there. We grab them and place them in our garden plots just after adding the compost and adding compost tea.

  • i made an earth worm nursery in a large old wheely bin. Old wet newspapers and grass clippings and any bio degradable household food leftovers. It works a treat. I add them to my beds regularly and grow plants and veggies in abundance.

  • I need to try and make more if i can only brought my worm bin up but it dose not have a bottom lid/door to get the ready casting out lovely update by the way Huw

  • I have a worm farm in Blackpool it started off as a hobby a couple of years ago when my mum died and now I literally have millions! I live in a council house and the council gave me two pieces of I want to say …land ? However it's only 12 by 6 ft and full of roots in one bed and clay in the other , well it was before I 1 started to breed worms and make compost and now the soil is really good and is absolutely full of red wrigglers and earthworms! I used all last year's Woody material to amend the clay stuff however it's underneath some very tall conifer trees which have been there for at least 20 years and it's quite dark so I'm really Limited as to what I can grow on there? I am growing every other kind of fruit and vegetable in pots though and I use my composting worms in my beds and my parts and make sure I feed them a ground up mixture of kitchen scraps and egg shells?? This seems to work really well I water it in and I have an abundance of worms. I also sell a few worms to fishermen and I give a few allotments my worm castings so if you know anyone in Blackpool or around that area if they get in touch with me on Facebook or on YouTube if they subscribe to my channel and message me I will give them my phone number. I could do with a few more subscribers lol x

  • i'm a container gardener, so I put layers of newspaper, leaves, and food scraps underneath the soil, then put the container so that the drainage hole is touching the ground, allowing the worms to climb in at their leisure. I've also used willow leaves for this in a terra cotta container and the root growth and nightcrawler activity in that container was astounding. when I finally repotted the tomato in it into a bigger planter, the tomato's roots were growing six to 8 inches out of the bottom of the planter and there was nothing in it but worms, roots and casts.

  • You made a how to video but then you ask us the same question and to comment our answers either you know or you don't and apparently …you dont

  • Some moisture in the soil is obviously essential because worms breathe thru their skin.

  • You said to “swap the peat moss for leaf mould compost if you are practicing organic farming”. Can I ask why this is? Is their something inorganic about peat that I’m not aware of? And also as far as I’m aware leaf mould is for nutrients/compost rather than a soil structure? Would really appreciate it if you could expand on this a little more. Thanks in advance!

  • So can I dig up some n bring it to my garden

  • How do you introduce the worms into new raised beds? They contain some compost. Should the worms be fed?

  • definitely keeping the soil moist, as the worms breathe through their skin, and adding molasses ( a teaspoon in a bucket will do) on a regular basis … this increases microbial activity 🙂

  • I live in South Africa, does this video still apply?

  • I accidentally came upon a miracle food for worms…their numbers and health soar:)…I mix white paper and food scraps or leaves in the blender. I use 3/4 paper and 1/4 food scraps. You can bury this or add this as a layer in a potted plant or layer it under moist, thick mulch…or best ever: put it under a rock on clay:) The worms make soil in no time!

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