Earthworms copy2Vermiculture… a nice way of saying “growing worms”. As any organic farmer will tell you the earthworm is one of our greatest assets. It consumes organic matter in the soil and breaks it down where roots of plants can access the much-needed nutrients. Another benefit worms provide is soil aeration. The small tunnels they make in the soil make oxygen readily available to the roots and good bacteria and help to prevent anaerobic conditions from occurring. A truly healthy soil loaded with worms, trace minerals, 18 essential elements, organic matter and proper mulching will produce robust healthy disease resistant plants year after year, and never need tilling! By having a worm bed to grow worms, not only can one have plenty of worms to seed the garden, but also will have plenty of wonderful compost and castings to enrich the soil.