15274Pitcher irrigation and earthworms
- Apr 24, 2013Dear all,
Finally lots of small earthworms have appeared few months ago in
undisturbed and rotting kitchen garbage on our terrace and also our balcony
plant pots. I do not know from where they have appeared.
So, my wife mixed some kitchen waste in the soil in a pot and introduced
those baby earthworms. They started working. However, I noticed that the
soil was drying quickly due to extreme temperatures. I thought that I need
to cover the pot. Immediately I put a wet cloth over the pot. It provides
darkness for the nocturnal worms and also prevents quick evaporation. The
results were good. When I opened the cloth in the mornings I could see the
worms at work. We threw some vegetable scraps and they were feeding the
worms. Then I had another idea. I thought of trying pitcher irrigation!!! I
found a small pot which can hardly hold 200 ml of water, buried it right in
the middle of the pot and filled with water. Wonderful, the worms were
dancing around the pot. They loved it. Cool and wet. After some days, they
would not appear frequently. The soil was transforming like anything!!
small granular structures all over. Meanwhile, I was reading about
earthworms/vermicompost and realized that the varieties which come to
surface at night and feed need food on the surface, not inside. They
actually take the food inside Aah!! got it. I added few more scraps of
vegetables. What happened...again i can see my friends in the mornings
I understood that pitcher irrigation works great. It cools the surrounding
area and earthworms are attracted towards it.
They need food on the surface to come and eat just like the natural leaf
mulch in forest.
Soil is changed so much by the action of the earthworms.
Those were some of my humble observations.
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