Do you mean that you have just put coffee grounds etc. on the soil and the earthworms have appeared...exploded?
There's a coffee shop across the street, so I think I could get lots...in addition to my own select blend.
Do you dig it in, or let it lie on the surface?
BigAppleRoseGuy said:I'm just about ready to order [Worm Castings, 30 lb Compost, Soil] some worm castings.
Geez, 30 pounds in the U.S. mail. But, I have never done anything without dithering, so
I'm thinking about it. But I'm just about ready to pull the trigger.
All of your comments have gotten me ready. (Geez, 30 pounds!) Especially, Zuzu's
warning to "Apply and stand back"!
I think I'll do it now.
(I'm getting my money out of my Prime status on Amazon.)
Mustbnuts said:My soil was awful when I moved in. My side yard was so bad, even weeds wouldn't grow. Over the years, I have not tilled the soil but did put on good organic fertilizer, (first year I had chicken poop on there and ewwwww did it smell but it was great fertilizer!). I also put down good compost, earth worm castings, alfalfa meal (roses love it). I have also used seaweed, neem meal (another very stinky product) and lots and lots of good, finely chopped wood mulch. I have nice earthworms (which I didn't have before).
It is so funny that when I moved here, I had to take a pick ax to the soil in order to get a hole more than 1/2 in deep. The shovel wouldn't work the soil was so compacted and hard and awful. I have to steel myself anytime I go into the yard to dig something up. I just keep putting it off and finally, just grit my teeth and start. Ahhhhhh! The soil is not the same as when I first moved in! I keep forgetting that! Shovel goes in just fine. Soil is so much better and I keep feeding it with compost, good organics, etc. What a difference!
Worm castings will do wonders! Go for it!
BigAppleRoseGuy said:Hey SoCal, speaking of rats...
You reminded me, I found the largest rat I've ever seen this morning outside my garden gate. The rat was dead and, being a dog
walker, I had pick-up bags in my pocket. I usually just pick up rats with the bag and let it drop into the bag ... same as poop.
However, this guy was so big that I had to just use the bag like a hot pad and carry him (or her) over to a trash can and drop
him (or her) in. One of the pleasures of gardening.