5 Things You Didn’t Know About Earthworms:
1. There are about 2,700 varieties of earthworm
2. Worms are hermaphroditic: they have both sets of sexual organs and line up head-to-tail to mate.
3. The largest earthworm on record was found in South Africa and measure 22 feet in length.
4. Earthworms prefer a healthy, vegan diet.
If you want to make some earthworm friends, get yourself a worm bin and start composting. One pound of worms (about 1,000) can eat up to half a pound of food per day. Just throw your veggie scraps, shredded office paper, coffee grounds, eggshells, dryer lint, and plain grains into your bin and let them turn it into fertilizer. Here’s how.
For more tips and new ideas about using worms to make your garden grown, listen to the Wiggly Wigglers podcast.
And for the ultimate guide to all things earthworm, check out Amy Stewart‘s book The Earth Moved: On The Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms. She covers everything from Darwin’s studies on earthworms to their vital role in maintaining our planet’s health–these little guys do the dirty work, behind the scenes (or under our feet, as the case may be).