What would a garden be without worms?
Andy Balestracci shares earthworm wisdom as part of our Earth program.
Vermiculture (raising earthworms) is a composting method that relies on earthworms rather than fungi and microorganisms to do most of the composting. One advantage of vermicomposting is you do not need to aerate or turn a vermicompost pile. The worms do the turning for you. In vermicomposting, most of this energy is tied up in worm biomass. Vermicompost is the stabilized solid material left after worms have eaten all the organic matter in a compost pile. Studies have documented that the application of vermicompost increases seed germination and the growth of plants.