Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:I'm not an expert on this topic but I think we're talking about two different kinds of worms here:
--red wigglers actively compost in the leafy detritus layer that is ON TOP OF soils (including manures)
--earthworms are found IN the earth
It is my understanding that each of these worms is a specialist in their own "layer", if you will. So red wigglers would not necessarily thrive in raised beds nor would earthworms survive in a worm compost bin.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong here.
I'm attaching a photo of some of my finished compost from my 'regular' pile. I also sift them, and then sometimes that sifted material sits around for a while doing some more finishing. That's what happened to the stuff in the photo. looks pretty good to me. I wonder, could that be improved by worms? (and I know you can't really tell that with a photo)
what I'm gleaning from the conversation here is that unless I'm adding unfinished compost regularly to the tops of my raised beds (and what would regularly be?), red wigglers will finish up their food and not survive. is that accurate?