Composting in garden beds
I rake 6" of top soil to create a hole where I put vegetable matter , chopped up and layered with straw and dirt , then cover it with the top soil. It does break down rather quickly. I think I'm making a fine spot for the worms , others think I'm breeding slugs. Who is right?
Multnomah County Oregon
Thank you for your question. In some circumstances, slugs and worms live in similar environments. They both like moist, cool, nutrient-rich areas. They are both composters: they eat and break down more complex structures we call plants. Your efforts are supporting slugs, worms, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes and a host of other ‘critters’ that makes life on Earth possible. You are all ‘right.’ We need to learn how to live together! Good luck!