denise ra

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Michele Morken, I see that you are in central Oklahoma and if so it's possible that you are on the prairie. Please know that much of the prairie does not have earthworms and that is how it is supposed to be. I am on the prairie and have been digging for 3 years and haven't found a worm yet. I finally read something ( sorry I can't remember where) about this.
1 year ago
Anne Miller, I really like the idea of a warning label on worms. I think it would be better if we just didn't use them though. People seem to think that if you can buy something, whether it's a worm or a chemical, that there can't be anything wrong with it.
1 year ago
Faye Streiff, did you read the articles I posted? Yes, earthworms do those things, but they can also have a detrimental effect on Forests and prairies because of, you know, the whole invasive species thing.
1 year ago
Lila Stevens, this is off topic from the op, but I really like iNaturalist app for documenting all the plants at my place. If I only input observations from my place into inaturalist, then I have a list of what grows there that I can add to every year.
1 year ago
Welcome to permies. I use iNaturalist all the time out in the pasture. I put your green plant in it, the first one up at the top of your page, and it thinks it is in the aster family. It didn't like the purple picture, there's too much other plant matter in with it. That being said, I take five or six photos of the different parts of any plant that I find - backside of leaves in close up, plant in its habitat, fronts of flowers, backs of flowers, stems, leaf nodules. There's a button right below the photo you upload that says something like what did you find, if you click on that it will give you suggestions. I usually accept the suggestion that looks right and post it to my observations page. Then, other people can weigh in on what they believe it to be. So, not necessarily an instant process, but an interactive one. I've had people from Europe weigh in on some of my observations of plants that they specialize in. I recommend it. Can't remember if you said you were in Eastern Oklahoma, but probably some plant identification walks or classes there. There is Facebook group called central Oklahoma permaculture I think, and lots of other plant groups that could help you find a class. Unless it's a pretty strict plant group I wouldn't recommend any Facebook group for identifications as people will tell you what they guess it is whether they know or not. Oklahoma also has bioblitz at least twice a year,spring and fall, where people teach many classes or will take you out on a nature walk for anything from lichens to snakes.
Good luck and have fun.
1 year ago
I don't know how many serious cattle graziers there are in this group, but this is a question I would ask of the regenerative grazing group on Facebook.
1 year ago
It seems like a number of respondents did not read or even skim the attached articles which elucidate where and when earthworms are causing problems. Ho hum.
1 year ago
I think lots of people don't know about the problems with earthworms in North America, that's why I brought it up. And,I also brought it up because I didn't know and just happened to stumble on the information.

I see lots of projects on permies where people are introducing worms into new environments.

Also, there are some other simple things we can do, like not dump our bait worms out at the lake when we're done fishing.
1 year ago
I thought that title would get your attention. I'm not kidding though. Apparently, earthworms in North America were all killed out during the last ice age 12,000 years ago. The earthworms we have now are from asia, South america, Europe and they kill native bugs in the soil, eat what should not be eating, and can make a happier environment for invasive species. This articles mentions forests and grasslands.

I've been wondering why I've never seen any earthworms on the prairie at my place. I thought something was wrong. Perhaps, something is right.

Permies use earthworms for all kinds of things. Perhaps we need to be more cautious about introducing earthworms to our projects in North America.
1 year ago
Sadly, all of the links I tried in this thread are broken. If anyone has good links for raising rabbits in southern heat, please add them.
1 year ago