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How Exactly To Save Worms And Soil Life During Flooding Of Your Garden


An interesting discovery enabled this article on how to save worms and soil life during floods of your garden.

Two years ago after learning urban Regenerative Leadership Institute gardening, and turning a whole town property into a food forest, something very interesting happened that shed light on a marvelous way the best way to save worms and soil life during flooding of your garden.

Following urban permaculture suggestions, covering soil with straw, wood chips, or leaf mulch, this encouraged worm action to the very surface, and held the soil moisture in. This year a really thick layer, nearly two feet thick covered all the garden beds, tucked in around plants and trees.

Interestingly, they were in tune with the outside worms who were migrating to a safer place with the impending weather conditions.

After a very long drought this season, the rain finally came and then came the inundation. The difference this year was all the worms had somewhere to go that was above the amount of the surface flooding! They were in tight balls in the top-of the straw and hay, about a foot above the water and soil. They were safe, warm and dry. No doubt many other beneficial bugs and insects found refuge there also. This year it appeared no worm or soil life was lost to rain or surface flooding.

Once the rain stopped and the ground dried, our worm life merely slipped quietly back to their dwellings underground, and whilst the ground continued to dry out, beneficial watering by hand kept the soil and worm life healthy.

We now wonder where do the worms and soil life go in severe flooding and how often have we lost many beneficial creatures by our old ways of gardening?

Forests live for several years without any intervention from man, simply through recycling waste materials. A forest floor is thick with leaf mulch which keeps in the moisture and feeds the ground. This layer provides a fantastic haven for all soil life in any weather.

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