Encouraging Wildlife

The raised beds here at Little Farm are completely enclosed.   see here for more details  Because of this Worms cannot enter the gardens.  In the first years, worms numbers were low.  A few came within the soil from here, but numbers weren’t enough to sustain a healthy soil.  But I’ve since managed to increase the number of worms in the gardens!

Soil is worm food, a good soil means good worm food.  To create this ‘good food’ I began by only using organic products.  Blood and bone, organic dynamic lifter, compost and my ‘homemade’ chicken poo.  It’s dug in, to get as much ‘organic matter’ into the soil.  Soil Microbes are found within all soils and they will begin the breaking down process, but add worms to the mix and it will happen faster.

With the soil fed, it’s time to look to the worms.  How exactly did I get worms?  Anytime we dug in the ground, it rained or lifted rocks and garden edging, we found worms.  These worms went straight into the gardens.  Instant worm number boost.

This happened over a period of a few years.  And now there are worms in abundance.   Another way to encourage worm wildlife is to use compost worms.  Normally these worms are kept within a wormfarm system.  I’ve had varied rates of success with worm farms, most end with the death of worms as I’ve forgotten to feed them!  One method I’ve wanted to try is worm farming within the garden beds.  Inserting a tube, with holes drilled into it, in the ground, add worms along with a few good handfuls of worm ‘food’.  A bucket with a lid and the bottom cut off works a treat.  The idea behind this method is the worms will leave the tube dispersing their casting within the soil and will return to the tube to feed.  Has anyone had any experience with this method?

Happy Worm Farming!

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