worms and soil amendment

(Question)

We have moved to a new build and no worms. Can I buy ‘fishing’ worms to add to the soil, will they survive?
‘Dumb Question’

(Answer)

(Definitely not a “dumb question”!)

You can add worms to your soil provided you have healthy soil, rich with decaying organic matter. This is a new build and the soil used may be basic black top soil with some compaction underlying, which is not good for soil or worms.

Red wigglers and Nightcrawler varieties are commonly used in composters and may be added to existing healthy soil, but if the soil is well amended with compost, the worms will find their way.

Incorporating a composter in your yard is an excellent way to more quickly introduce worms to your newly amended soil, however.

For further reading, please see below for details on soil amendment:

www.goodlifemississauga.com/108-gl-2011/garden8.html

www.torontomastergardeners.ca/index.php/askagardener/amending-soil/