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Get your garden crawling with good soil

Worm gardens provide some of the best soil for all types of gardens
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The worm composting is a great fertilizer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It's almost time to dig your hands in the earth and start those gardening projects. While you're digging, you might run across a few wriggly friends. Worms have lots of benefits to both flower and vegetable gardens. 

They turn leaves and another components into nutrient rich soil. They also increase the oxygen in the which makes for healthy plant roots.

Our friends at Blandford Nature Center gave a us a few tips on how to make one on your own.

What You Need:

  1. Red worms: One pound. Sold by the pound at many gardening centers or bait shops. 
  2. Two plastic bins: at least 12” deep and opaque in color because worms like it dark.
  3. A drill
  4. A small flowerpot or a brick
  5. Some old newspapers and household food waste

In two weeks you should be able to start seeing how hard your worms have been working with fresh new composting for your garden.

And don't forget, while the Nature Center at Blandford might be closed during our Stay At Home order, the nature trails are open for you to enjoy while practicing social distancing.

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