Q Why have my earth­worms dis­ap­peared?

Pa­tri­cia Hall, by email

Gardeners' World - - Q & A -

A BOB SAYS If your soil is dry, the worms may be deeper in the soil await­ing moister con­di­tions. But even if they have died, there may be eggs in the soil. As long as you aren’t grow­ing acid-lov­ing ( er­i­ca­ceous) plants, give the soil a dress­ing of gar­den lime, as worms love this. Next, ap­ply a mulch of well­rot­ted ma­nure, leaf mould or gar­den com­post. Add a dress­ing of sea­weed meal or blood, fish and bone­meal in spring. Keep the soil moist and reg­u­larly sprin­kle a few grass clip­pings spar­ingly onto the sur­face, and I guar­an­tee the worms will re­turn.

Earth­worms love moist soil that con­tains plenty of or­ganic mat­ter

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