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Post  brubakes on 6/2/2012, 5:42 pm

Is it a good idea to add earth worms to my garden? I did my best to keep the Mel's Mix spot on and had great results last year. I just wondered if it could be that much better with earth worms? Thoughts and advice?
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Post  llama momma on 6/2/2012, 5:45 pm

Worms are excellent for your garden. When you say add worms, you mean the regular garden variety or purchasing a certain variety?
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Post  camprn on 6/2/2012, 5:51 pm

As I find them in the yard I will add earth worms to the garden beds. They make worm castings right in place! Very Happy

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Post  brubakes on 6/2/2012, 5:52 pm

I'm talking about what I find in the yard or purchasing the type that I would otherwise find in the yard.
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Post  llama momma on 6/2/2012, 6:33 pm

Certainly add all the earthworms you can find.
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Post  rowena___. on 6/2/2012, 6:59 pm

in my opinion it is best to only add worms that are native to your yard. they are already acclimated, and introducing new worms that are not from your area can cause big problems down the road with invasive species.
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Post  TN_GARDENER on 6/3/2012, 7:26 am

@brubakes wrote:I'm talking about what I find in the yard or purchasing the type that I would otherwise find in the yard.

I do it all the time.

When I find a worm in the yard, I toss it in to the garden. If I'm really eager, I'll dig a lil hole and bury them so they don't immediately escape my raised bed.

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Post  westie on 6/3/2012, 10:20 am

When it rains at night I put on the rain suit and wonder the streets with flashlight in hand picking up crawlers to bring home and transplant that infusion into my garden areas. It is probably best in some areas to wait past at least a couple spring rains to start that so all the salts and chemicals from winter snow and ice control by the city has been washed away. Several dozen worms usually can be easily gotten that way. When placing them those that don’t look really healthy go on the compost pile and where they end up from there is strictly up to them.
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Post  landarch on 6/3/2012, 10:57 am

I place about a dozen native earthworms in each square...they've already multiplied as I can find hundreds of tiny earthworms as I pull up my beets and rip out old lettuce plants. I think they do a good job of "seasoning" mels mix...breaking down bad components in purchased compost and leaving behind worm castings.
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