will the earthworms placed in the grow bed eat away at the leafy vegtables growing ?
Absolutely not, in fact, earthworms (lumbricus terrestris) are beneficial for your garden plants. Earthworms' burrows will make the soil more loose and improve aeration from their burrows. Most especially, earthworms' castings or worm poop are excellent garden soil fertilizer.
A favorite specie used as garden worms are Red Wigglers (Eisenia Foetida) because of the following:
- they are classified as epigeic worms which burrows no less than 6 ft. from the soil's surface. Red Wiggler worms will make more burrows near the soil's surface which is great for plant roots with regards to aeration.
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- Red Wiggler castings or worm poop is an excellent organic fertilizer.Red Wiggler worms' castings are 5 Times Richer in Nitrogen than of a plain garden soil. Nitrogen is mainly responsible for foliage growth, flowers and fruits of plants. It is 7 Times richer in Phosphates which is crucial for plant roots and flowers. It is 11 Times Richer in Potassium that aids in plant growth, immune system and overall health of plants.
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-You can also make worm tea from worm compost materials that are much cheaper and safer to use as organic pesticide. It is also perfect to be used on indoor potted plants- Just spray it directly on the soil.
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You can check out http://www.unclejimswormfarm.com for more about earthworms and garden worms.
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