Earthworms - Nature's Gardeners
The natural history of these extremely useful animals, and how to harness their activities to benefit your garden and the environment. For example, Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) called earthworms “the intestines of the soil”, and Cleopatra (69 – 30 BC) declared that earthworms were sacred, and forbade farmers to remove them from their land.
Charles Darwin, one of the most famous champions of earthworms, concluded that healthy soils and landscapes depend on the heroic work of these silent creatures. They may lack obvious charisma of birds and butterflies, but the fruits of earthworm toil are both useful and prodigious.
Do not be fooled by the apparent simplicity of their unprepossessing outward appearance. They may not have eyes, ears, legs, and so on, but their repertoire of habits is intricate and sophisticated.
This book also provides practical guidance on how to harness the composting activities of earthworms, so that household waste can be converted to a marvelous fertilizer for indoor and outdoor crops.
No garden should be without earthworms; to appreciate their talents is to recognize their beauty!
40 pages by A. John Morgan
What is and isn't an earthworm?
Biology and Life History
Interactions with other animals
Earthworms as gardeners and recyclers
Know your friend - species portraits
Frequently asked questions
A great resource to learn about the life of the gardener's favorite friends!