If your garden has a numerous population of earthworms then you are on the right path to having a healthy yield of vegetables and flowers. Earthworms, along with other soil dwelling insects help to aerate the soil by foraging through it as they eat decaying organic matter. It is important to have soil that is easy for plant roots to grow within and worms and insects provide an easier avenue for roots by burrowing through it. In addition, worms leave behind manure that add rich nutrients to the soil profile. Insects and worms will come to your garden if it is rich in organic matter such as decaying leaves, rotting logs and cold compost heaps. Happy digging and I’ll be seeing you around the garden.
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