Worms for the Garden

27 Apr

clayworm2 claywormThis is what I like to see.  Pictured above are some chunks of clay with some of my Texas Jumpers working through them with no problem.  The ability of these native Texan worms to work in clay is what makes them suitable for adding directly to your garden or raised bed.  They are a hearty worm that grows to 6 inches or more in a few months time.  The strength that they have at a few weeks old and small size is what separates them from European Nightcrawlers or Red Worms (eisenia foteda).  This strength makes them great aerators and tunnelers for your soil.  They can dive and tunnel several feet and can survive through our extreme temps.  Pick a spot that has good shade for these worms, keep it composted, covered (old carpet or something similar), and watered for best results.  Once your population is established in several weeks, you’ll be ready to start moving them around a couple of handfuls at a time.  With a little patience and persistence, you’ll have worms all over.

I broke open a clay clod and found this young worm working through.  If these worms can handle this South Texas clay and caliche soil chances are they can benefit yours.

clayandcaliche

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4 Responses to “Worms for the Garden”

  1. Julie June 10, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    Hi, I was wondering if Texas Jumper and Alabama Jumper are the same specie.

    • Texas Red Worms September 29, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

      Yes, I have AL Jumpers a test bed, that I’m keeping seperate to study. I can’t tell the difference. I believe they are the same species.

  2. Rudy February 16, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    Where can we buy these Texas Jumper in Houston?

    • Texas Red Worms February 21, 2016 at 3:42 pm #

      I raise them in San Antonio and Livingston. I can ship to you in Houston if you like.

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