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Regarding the Earthworm

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In this season of dreary long lines at the checkout counter and dull office parties and we could all use a little something to toss about to lighten the mood and spark conversation. Here are a few fun facts that are a definite departure from complaining about the wait or checking messages on your device (again):
Oregon and Washington are home to giant (but elusive) earthworms said to smell strongly of lilies (!!!)
More than a million earthworms may be found in an acre of land.
A single earthworm may produce up to ten pounds of castings per year.
Red Wiggler (Eisenia fetida) Illustration: Craig Latker

Today, gardeners appreciate the role these digesters play in the landscape but that wasn't always the case. As part of our regular Garden Allies series that appears in our Field Notes department, the following  first appeared in the January 2009 issue of Pacific Horticulture.
Gardeners now hold earthworms in high regard, but even so, few of us understand the full scope of their role, not only in the garden, but in field and forest as well. An important agent of decomposition, earthworms are the ultimate rec...


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