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I've got worms

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In a good way.  As my gardening adventures have evolved over the year I have ended up organic gardening in raised beds.  My raised bed were made with an assortment of different material, but all started with weed cloth on the bottom, and soil, compost ect. I bought and filled.  This has worked well for me, but I always seem to want to learn new thing, and stumbled on the permies sight and learn all sorts of new and wonderful things to try.  One is hugelkulture, which has been a dismal failure, because the chickens are more energetic then I.  Second I have pulled apart two of my raised beds and dug down a couple feet, and filled the bottom with large chunks of wood, then dirt, and then smaller wood, dirt, wood chips, dirt (dirt is a mix of native soil, which I have never put into my raised beds before.  Organic compost, mushroom compost, peat, perlite, rock dust, and some worm castings.)  These beds were started in the late fall, so I still look forward to see if I need less water, if I get more weeds, will I have gopher problems, ect.  Its kind of a little experiment for me and I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen.  Any way I was planting some onions and garlic in one of the new beds (yes I know it's late, but I haven't gotten them planted and decided what have I got to loose at this point, they will not grow for sure if I don't plant them, this way at least there is a shot.)  As I was digging there were several worms.  Now this may seem a strange thing for me to be happy about, but you see before there were never worms in my garden beds.  I have always thrown the worms I come across into my garden beds, but never saw them again.  They ether died, or the space was to large for so few.  Now there seem to be many worms, and I know this is another step to healthy  soil, and better quality produce.   I can't wait till spring.
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I never saw a single worm on my land until last year. I found some around one tree.
This year I can dig around a little in the mulch around any tree that’s been in a few years and find some.
I can’t tell you how happy I am.
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The presence of earthworms is a good indicator of soil health.  Earthworms are higher on the food web and can only thrive where there is an abundance of microorganisms in the soil that they consume.  Earthworms reproduce based on weight, not age, so the more the earthworms have to eat the faster they grow and reproduce.
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That's great Jen! Building soil and vermicompost is so good for plants. It can help the plants produce hormones and fend of aphids. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15683904

The Rose Society used to purchase all of Vermicompost from us. (When we lived in Phoenix, Az). They said it dramatically reduced aphids.
Happy growing.
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