The Benefits of Earthworms and How to Attract Them
Joel Salatin is in awe of the benefits of earthworms and worm castings on Polyface Farms, where the hard-working critters boost soil health and increase farm productivity. He offers tips on how to attract earthworms to your farm or homestead.
Worms aerate soil as they burrow, and deposit mounds of fertile castings when they emerge.
Photo by Dwight Kuhn
Worms incubate in small cocoons until conditions support their hatching. Each cocoon is slightly larger than a pinhead.
Photo by Heidi and Hans-Jurgen Koch
Homesteading expert Harvey Ussery maintains vermiculture beds beneath his greenhouse paths so his worms can work year-round.