What creature have no arms, no legs, eyes to see, but no ears to hear?
…..an earthworm, right?
They look bad and people also claim, these little fellows are able to destroy the soil and, therefore, your precious garden and your lifetime work.
However, what you have to know is that these old-fashioned conceptions are 100% false because although they might not look like a pair of graceful butterflies, you should definitely enjoy when you see earthworms crawling around your garden because it’s a sign that suggests your soil is rich in nutrients.
Therefore, despite their repulsive and muddy appearance, for gardeners, they are most the most amazing creatures.
How Earthworms Improve & Protect the Soil
- These little buddies “work” the land as much or even harder and more than a passionate gardener.
- Their contribution, without ceasing, determines earthworms to dig deeper and deeper into the soil without the slightest need to see the light of the day.
- Most of us don’t realize, which is normal, but earthworms are a very important part of our existence.
We can consider these creatures our own small natural recycling network. Practically existing in every corner of the Earth, for those who want to cultivate the garden in harmony with nature, this little crawler is very important for both soil and the evolution of your plants.
How to Make Sure your Garden is Being “Protected” and Maintained by Earthworms
Grab a shovel and start digging around. Once you spot earthworms struggling to hide you stay relaxed because your garden will be rich and productive. Earthworms help maintain the fertility of your soil, improve texture and drainage, transforming the organic matter into humus.
In case you don’t spot too many of these in your garden, it is time to do something to improve the soil quality. However, it’s not the case to bring earthworms from other places because once they realize the soil lacks from organic substances they will leave. The simplest measure that you can adopt is to increase the amount of organic matter.
We can keep these living creatures around if we stop using any chemical fertilizers and provide them the right environment, shaded from the sun and with an increased level of humidity.
The humus produced by earthworms is the best organic fertilizer in the world, ideal for horticulture, forestry, and vegetable crops.
- Basically, these crawlers don’t stand the sun, the heat over 300C, the cold below 10C and the lack of humidity.
- Although they are equipped with both sexual organs the frames need a partner for mating.
- If you see them tight in the gem, leave them alone, they are on the right track.
- They are multiplied by the deposition of an egg of 2-3 mm, brown, from which a single frame comes out. These eggs appear with a frequency of 2-3 weeks.
- They grow fast enough, reach sexual maturity in max six months, full life cycle stretching to 2-5 years.
- Feeding is influenced by the temperature of the environment (as well as the whole metabolism). Under 100 C they become slow, below 5 0C become inert, below 10C they die.
- They multiply on organic matter from kitchen waste and cleaned vegetable scraps.