Today I found an earthworm egg. Very exciting! This little white ball of love can hold several young worms. Young worms hatch from their eggs in between three weeks to five months. The gestation period varies for different species of worms. It also depends on environmental conditions such as temperature and soil moisture.
Charles Darwin studied worms for forty years. He declared that worms “have played an important part in the history of the world.” In his book ‘The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms’ (which went to print in 1881) he stated that worm castings are rich in nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus and when placed in the garden are a perfect all round natural fertiliser. Darwin asserts that the earthworm is the plow, the chemical, the fertilizer, the cultivator and distributor of food for the plants of Nature. In any case, the earthworm surpasses any man-invented instrument for plowing, cultivating or fertilising the soil.
When the soil gets very cold or hot, very wet or dry, it is hard for an earthworm to move around or even survive. So help out the worms in your backyard! If you live in a cold temperate area, it’s good sense to remove some of the mulch to allow the sun to warm the earth. However, if you live in the tropics, it’s a good idea to add mulch to keep the soil cool.
There are many organisms in the soil that spend their time recycling plant and animal remains. This includes ants, termites and earthworms. Although ants and termites may cause destruction in the garden, earthworms are most welcome.
Worms will become your best friends in the garden! They have five hearts and are full of love for nature. Stay tuned for a video on how to look after your worm farm 🙂
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