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ECOSYSTEM ENGINEERS

Creating a healthy growing medium for our crops is essential and worms play a vital part in this process, as Julie Moore explains
Earthworms dramatically alter soil structure, water movement, nutrient dynamics and plant growth
Earthworms take organic materials back down into the earth

Cultivating a healthy vegetable plot is undoubtedly an enlightening and fulfilling experience. But as old-timers know, such an achievement requires a connection with and an understanding of the soil in which the crops are grown. While there are many techniques gardeners employ to create ‘ideal’ soil conditions, soil biology is often overlooked.

”Beneath the soil surface is a biotic community that does much of the soil-conditioning work for us.”

Beneath the soil surface is a biotic community that does much of the soilconditioning work for us. Soil is the second most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet.This underground society, most of which is completely invisible to the naked eye, plays a major part in the health and functioning of our soils. One of these key players is the earthworm.

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