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How to Use Worms For Better Soil

12th April 2017

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Any gardener will be well aware that for plants to flourish they may need to improve their soil – some of this can be done using the usual methods of adding composts, fertilisers, sand, grits and organic matter. However, in the last decade or so another essential ingredient has been recognised – worms!

Worms are an excellent addition to your soil – they feed on and digest organic matter, and as it passes through their guts the material is enriched with a myriad of beneficial bacteria. This is then excreted as worm casts. As the creatures continue to travel through the earth, they mix it up by creating burrows, allowing air and water to permeate the soil. Importantly, they leave behind a trail of mucous and worm casts containing the magical mix of helpful bacteria, fungi and micro-organisms that are so essential for the well-being of your edibles.

Many gardeners are unsure how to use worms to the maximum effect. Worms Direct have created a new product named ‘Worm Colonies’. This overcomes many of the problems faced when planting loose worms, as well as having the advantage of not needing to handle the invertebrates. Once planted, Worm Colonies give the creatures the best possible chance of survival. Populations of different worms are established in a bedding that the invertebrates are familiar with and happy to live in, all housed in a biodegradable pot. As this container degrades, the worms become acclimatised to the existing soil and conditions, allowing them to migrate without being subjected to a sudden change of environment.

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