I have to tell you that I was convinced that we didn’t have any earthworms in this country. Snails, of the really large variety, yes. Ants in more than abundance along with flies and mosquitoes there are aplenty. But earthworms….eh, no. I’ve been digging about in our garden for more than 9 months and nary a worm, of any variety, did I come across.
Yesterday, however, just a half-hour before the sounding of the Shabbat siren, I was out turning a couple square feet of soil I’ve been really augmenting with home-made compost over the last 6 or so months and trying to get the new weeds out, when…yo, what is that? It was a squiggly, wiggly earthworm. Then, another spadeful turned over another and yo, yes, there were three or four more. More turnings uncovered more squiggly wigglies. I’ve got a whole earthworm colony in about a 2×2 foot radius. I dug further afield into the less-augmented soil surrounding that area but nary a worm did I uncover.
Earthworms are a gardener’s delight. If you have earthworms, you will have food from what you plant in that spot.
I know where my next compost augmenting will occur. I’d planned to try to buff up the soil to a tiny degree in a newly excavated area but now, no way, it is going to go to expanding that earthworm territory.