Best Worms for Ground Soil

Asked August 4, 2015, 8:04 PM EDT

I want to buy some worms for my soil-not for raised beds or composting of food, etc. Have done research on them, am confused and can't find what I think is best. I live in Aloha OR, have clay which has been tilled to 5-7" and amended with Cedar Grove Organic Booster Blend Garden Soil a few times over the last 7 years. Which worms are best and where can I buy them. I don't wish to cultivate them myself. Thank you very much!

Washington County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your enthusiasm on behalf of welcoming earthworms to your garden. Inviting them into your garden will be easy if you create conditions where they do well: Moist soil enriched with plenty of compost. In other words, you don’t need to buy any worms. Instead, it’s a matter of enriching the soil and they – the worms -- will come.

A general recommendation is that gardeners incorporate at least 2 inches of compost each season. The main reason for adding compost is that it helps improve your clay soil for growing vegetables. A side effect is that it creates conditions conducive for healthy worms. Incorporation works especially well the first several years and then, if you prefer, you can use a slightly more low tech method by simply adding the compost to the surface of the garden and allow the worms and other soil creatures incorporate it for you.