The Role Of Worms In Our Ecosystem

Worms play a critical role in our ecosystem. In fact, it’s argued that worms play the single most important role in our ecosystem. That’s really saying something special about our underground allies. Worms are wonder creatures. They do so many things that help our soils remain clean and fertile. They’re nature’s natural recyclers! Here are a few of the ways that worms help enrich the earth’s soil. They Dig Pathways Worms like to move. If you’ve ever sat and watched one before, that’ll be the first conclusion you draw about them! When worms move through the earth’s soil, they create open pathways that allow air and water to get into the soil and this makes the soil healthy and fertile. Since plants need both oxygen and water, the subterranean pathways or “pores” that worms create allow plant roots to get more oxygen and water, helping them grow healthy and strong. It also helps plant roots to penetrate deeper! They Recycle Waste Worms can eat anywhere from half to their full body weight in food daily. This means they are eating all the time, in fields, in gardens, in pastures, in orchards, you name it. Worms like to eat plant litter like fallen leaves, decomposing fruit and other organic matter. They even like eating decomposing animal dung! They Excrete Compost After a worm eats, it poops. Yeah, so what? Well did you know that worm castings (poop) make the best fertilizer there is? Nothing compares. You can’t buy fertilizer at the store that …

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What If Worms Were Human?

Worms are pretty amazing creatures. They have interesting characteristics that make them one of the world’s most unique creatures. It’s no wonder Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying them over 100 years ago! He actually described earthworms as the “intestines of the earth”! Today they’re regarded as nature’s garbage disposals. They’re obviously important to the ecosystem and play a crucial role in soil quality and plant vitality. Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm would like to share some of these interesting facts about worms in a fun way. To do this, we’re going to ask ourselves, “What if worms were actually human”? If Worms Were Human… The average person could eat at least 100 lbs of food in one day! That’s 200 big macs! But we all know that worms prefer organic food rather than the fatty, greasy stuff, so it would be more like you eating a 100+ lb watermelon every time you sit down for dinner. We’d have the ability to regenerate most lost segments of our bodies including arms and legs! This would be bad news for the orthotics and prosthetics industry. The tallest person would stand at 22 feet tall! African earthworms grow to be 6 feet long on the average, the tallest measuring 22 feet in length (found on a road side in Africa in the year 1967). We’d be cold blooded! We’d breathe through our skin! Also, there would be no more sunbathing. Too much UV rays would paralyze us, if it didn’t dry us up first. Worms require …

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Worm Composting Equipment

One thing that makes worm composting so enjoyable is how easy it is to get started. A lot of DIY organic gardeners out there are drawn to the idea of worm composting because it doesn’t cost much, it doesn’t require a lot of your time, and it’s a great way to reuse food waste that would otherwise be thrown away in the trash. Sound interesting? I haven’t even begun to talk about the benefits of the compost yet! Compost is the keystone of organic gardening. If you want your plants to grow bigger, produce more and look lush and healthy, then worm composting is the answer. Anyone can begin worm composting, and it might surprise you to know that you might have almost everything you need to build a worm composting system that works like a charm! For everything else that you don’t have, Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm has it all. We have everything ranging from kitchen compost carriers and pails to complete worm composting kits! To help you sort through the myriad of supplies out there and get what you need, I want to break down some of the vermicomposting equipment for you. The Equipment You Need This can be narrowed down to the following question; what do the worms need? The answer is super simple. Food – worms need to eat just like any other living organism, except worms can eat up to half of their own weight! Don’t worry though, they’re slow eaters and if you’re anything …

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