Building a new garden - where can I buy earthworms?


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Building a new garden - where can I buy earthworms?

gimlis1mum | Oct 24, 2010 06:49 PM

I am in the planning stage for a new fruit garden, approx. 50x15 ft, located right next to our house. We are replacing an old, crumbling retaining wall along the edge of our property & the entire garden area has been excavated and backfilled. The soil was very rocky so they are backfilling the area with loam trucked in from a local source. I also splurged on 30 yards of organic compost for the top layer. As soon as they finish construction, i'm going to broadcast hairy vetch seeds and hopefully get that green manure established before it gets really cold (we're in Zone 6).

Anyway, I am thinking that there will not be a lot of worm activity in the loam & compost. I vaguely recall seeing worm capsules or some such thing on the internet, but I forget who was selling them. I don't think the worms sold for composting will work b/c they perfer a diet of scraps. Anyone know where I can buy some regular old earthworms? Is it too late in the season to try? And do I even need to bother with this, or will the worms somehow find their own way into my new garden?


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