Su Ba wrote: I dramatically increased their population by simply feeding them and keeping the soil slightly moist. I did that by applying a 4-6" deep mulch and watering it in, then burying my kitchen waste here and there in the mulch as I had some. Before long, the worms were multiplying. Thus no need to buy worms.
Luke Grainger wrote:We all know that worms improve soil.
If you rejuvenate the soil, the worms will come, your efforts are best put into building a soil the worms will be happy to live in.
Luke Grainger wrote:Hi all,
I'm thinking of adding some worms to my soil. I am trying to rejuvenate the soil and have mulched it and dug in a swail behind it.
This is very true but there are actually correct worms and incorrect worms and you need to know them apart. You can put the wrong species in and they will either move on or they will die out, very counterproductive to my thinking.
We all know that worms improve soil.
There is not, per se, a danger, but compost worms are best used in the compost heap. Worms always know where in nature they belong and they will travel to those sites all on their own
What I'm wondering is if there is any danger to the eco system if I introduce earth or compost worms.
Obviously worms that are native to the area are ok but I was thinking of adding some of those small red compost worms used frequently in earthworm compost bins.
you are always free to do as you want. The question is should you do this or that or would it be best to let the earth mother provide the worms while you focus on soil amendments that make that soil more attractive to the worms. Just because we are able to do something does not mean it will be the right thing to do. Don't fall into the "improvements are always good" trap, observe first, think and research second then put all that information to work for the best fit for your land.
Once worms are introduced it would be impossible to remove them obviously so I thought it best to ask the question. I don't know if there could
be any unforeseen consequences.. or am I free to add any worm species I like? Thoughts?