Friday, March 27, 2009

Worms - Verre de Terre

I have horrible soil. It's full of clay so we have to amend and compost like crazy to make plants grow. Our veggie garden is organic so I have to be careful what goes into it.

I was thrilled when I dug into the raised bed to plant my first tomato and voila families of worms everywhere! I contribute this to composting.

I was so excited, I had to run and show Frenchie. Did you know the word for worm in french is "verre de terre"? Verre means worm and de terre means of the earth. Worm of the earth. Hmmm....where else would a worm be from?

When you have this many worms, you get worm castings which are highly rich in nutrients and minerals which is essential to healthy plants. The crumb-like texture of the worm casts helps to improve the soil, making it more free-draining and better aerated. Worm casts can also improve a poor, dry soil making it more able to retain essential moisture. These benefits mean good, healthy root production.

9 comments:

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

That is a lot of worms, your tomatoes will be very happy!

Joy said...

I love worms. I buy the castings in a bag and sprinkle around my veggies that are growing.

They are the best garden tool out there.

Joy
Thank you for your comment on my blog about the M-I-L. She is an inspiration to us all.

Cicero Sings said...

We have clay like soil here too and are trying to build it up. We do have a goodly number of earth worms though, in just two years. (This will be our 3rd gardening year).

Cezar and Léia said...

hello Dear friend!
Your blog is great! I need to confess that I know nothing about gardening but I want to learn and now I found good hints from you!I pleasant opportunity indeed!
You are very kind and many thanks for your visit in my kitty blog Luna!
God bless you
Léia :-)

San Diego Farmgirl said...

Our soil is terrible, too. It's the opposite problem, though, all sand. For some reason, though, we have lots of worms. I guess they must be finding something to eat down there, because the plants don't like it at all.

Sue said...

What a great discovery of buried treasure! Congratulations!

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