Where do all the worms go?
November for me was a very dry month. All the plants in the veggie garden were watered by hand from a gravity fed dam. Plants stayed alive but did not thrive.
I noticed that my once abundant earthworms were missing in action during this period. I dug random holes in my raised beds searching for them but they’d disappeared. To my horror, I thought I must be doing something very wrong in my organic gardening practices. I was about to post a discussion thread along those lines, when in December it started to rain and rain it did. Over 600mm (24inches) has fallen so far this month.
Before Xmas I dug over a few beds, added compost and topped with sugar cane mulch and to my joy my earthworms had reappeared, lots of them and made me smile. So I got to thinking, where do they go? The raised beds were all moist, albeit it from dam water, not beautiful natural rain. I can only think they went much deeper in the soil and “hibernated” until conditions were more to their liking. Anyone else had a similar situation?
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