Answer: Earthworms are a sign that you have great soil! Don't evict them! The do much of the work of converting organic matter into nutrients in a form available to plants--the more, the merrier! (I was excited to find more earthworms in my clay soil garden this spring--a testament to all that compost I've been adding!)
Often, a dark-colored soil indicates that it is rich in humus, or decomposed organic matter. Humus is almost a magical substance; it helps soil retain moisture while helping it drain better, it holds onto nutrients and makes them available to plants slowly throughout the growing season, it makes soil loose and crumbly, ideal for plant roots. Congratulations!
You can set out cabbage and brussels sprouts, and most garden peas now. Wait until after the last frost date ( late April in your region) to plant beans.
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