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 Post subject: Test for earthworms...
PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 2:14 pm 
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Is there a quick/easy way for me to guage my earthworm population? I've been organic since the house was built (5 years). Ocassionally, after rains, or watering, I see numbers of earthworms on my neighbors sidewalks. Rarely do I see them on my sidewalk. I did see one in my lawn the other day, and it was pretty sizable (~6 in.). I'm trying to convince myself that since I'm "organic", the wormies have no reason to leave my yard and commit seppuku on the sidewalk!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:55 pm 
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Have you tried a garden fork? Carefully excavate a square of sod and take a "looksee". Then you can replace the sod back in it's place and stomp in back down. I couldn't tell you how many worms to expect. I'm curious myself, but not that curious. :) I see them (earthworms) when I'm weeding. I've also seen the ebb and flow of the population(s) in my compost pile.

I often see worms on my sidewalks and driveways following a rain. I've used organic methods at this location for a decade +. I am all but certain that reason for the phenomenon has absolutely nothing to do with the use of organic methods.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 8:04 pm 
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Mr. Clean wrote:
I often see worms on my sidewalks and driveways following a rain. I've used organic methods at this location for a decade +. I am all but certain that reason for the phenomenon has absolutely nothing to do with the use of organic methods.

I've noticed that too. Seems to happen after a heavy cloud-burst bordering on flash flood. I guess the ground gets too soggy for them to feel comfy, and so they go looking for dry land. Of course when the sun does come out this time of year, they bake on the driveway. Silly things.


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What I sometimes do with the earthworms is to put them back were they belong. I just grab a handful of worms and put on top of the soil. They will usually be underneath the soil within the next day. Plus they leave large amount of castings.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:12 pm 
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The reason that the worms are on the sidewalk and drives during those time is because that is the only time that worms can really move any considerable distance. A worms skin has to remain moist at all times in order for it to breath. I've been organic for 4 years and I have worms on my drive that are up to 12 inches long. They don't get caught on the pavement because they can move really fast when they want to. It is usually young and weak worms that get caught out to dry. Stay organic and the worms will mutiply.


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