26 Feb '12, 5am

Try Earthworms to Practice Sustainability in Action:

Try Earthworms to Practice Sustainability in Action:

They provide paths for root systems to penetrate. The air in burrows is more humid than surface air. The number and length of burrows increases as more food is available. The earthworm casts can contain a blend of sands, clays and organic matter, thus increasing soil strength. Earthworms avoid soil with coarse abrasive structures. The also dislike clays in high rainfall areas which are low in oxygen. This can be changed by the incorporation of humus. Some earthworms consume their own weight in a combination of food, water and soil everyday. Their dry body weight is two thirds protein, and they are low in cholesterol. They pass the waste of that food from their bodies every 24 hours in the form of vermicast-natures best soil conditioner. A worm system 1 metre long x 2 metres wide x 30 centimetres deep can cope with the average compostable household waste for a year. A well-...

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