Jami McBride wrote:I'm not completely up on this negative earthworm/forest claim, but I have some thoughts...
This comes back to the fact that not all forests are the same, each type is a precise eco system, and adding any not native species will affect the system to change. Your personal point of view will then make the choice of whether the change is good or bad.
Now the debate on invasives comes to my mind - when one calls something 'bad' and another sees the benefits it brings, or when ones says this change is bad and another says eco systems change all the time (which is true) but so slowly we rarely see it. And when the 'change' is fast we only see the destruction of the old and not the building of the new. No right or wrong here just two points of view.
So earthworms are great, but are they great everywhere? Apparently not when you want a system to change not
But the question I like most is - will they be able to (naturally) stop the earthworms, I doubt it.
Your post seems to be in doubt of the truth of the article. There are places, certain eco systems that don't employ earthworms, I know it's hard to believe, boggles the mind. The article is true.
However I think we should keep in mind that all systems have their purpose, and many are not set up to support a lot of large mammals, or what we call food vegetation. And maybe places that do make for great food-forests always have earthworms *grin*
Fred Morgan wrote:If I don't have my facts wrong, the night crawlers of the North are not native.
Bob Segraves-Collis wrote:Andrew,
For the most part, if you allow the compost to dry out completely the worms will die a slow death. Some few egg sacks my remain, but they will be slow to repopulate.
Andrew Ash wrote:Quick question, which needs a quick answer; Does anyone know how to kill compost worms in compost, without destroying at least most of the nutrients in the compost?