I am in the process of renewing a garden bed and will be sifting soil to remove weeds, etc. before putting it in the new bed.
The bed is on a clay base, with scoria and weedmat on the bottom, and will be filled above with soil. The bed itself is a mortared brick construction on a concrete rim slab. This is designed to keep weeds out but fear will also keep the worms out.
Can anyone advise if there is any benefit is buying worms to add to the garden? I was just thinking of adding the "worm farm" worms am interested to hear if you have tried this before and how successful it was.
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Good question. I am interested to hear the answer to this. I would be happy to buy them but wouldn't want them to immediately die if the soil is unsuitable! I guess an alternative might be to actually have a worm farm for the compost and keep adding that compost to the garden bed so you get all the benefit of the worm activity...
As I understand Garden worms or Earth worm's are different from worms for compost. Compost worms don't live in soil. They, as I beleive, will only live and multiple in compost and decaying green material.
Compost worms, move quickly when exposed where as Earth worms only survive in moist soil in cool positions and move much slower.
When digging them up don't worry if you cut them in two or three you will have three new worms . They'll naturally mutlply quickly also.
You can place Earth Worms in different areas of soil, keeping them moist with a wet bag or hessian and only fertilise with animal manure till established.
Caution is required when using chemical fertilisers.
I have proved that they will not survive as I have placed them in the garden and in less than a week they worn't any where to be seen.
You have not disappointed me.
I knew somone would answer my question something like this.
Thanks for the laugh.