On my journey of understanding about how to look after the soil in my garden, I found this site on earthworms really interesting a straightforward presentation on the species of earthworm (27 in the UK), what they do for the soil and how the different species work in different ways. There are also some really useful links to earthworth guides
How to create an abundance of earthworms. This video is just under 6 minutes and focuses on worms in the vegetable patch but the principles are the same. It is predominantly about getting organic matter into the soil. If you want to learn more about organic vegetables Huw Richards videos may be really useful for you.
Adding in more worms – yes you can buy worms to add to your garden, even different kind of worms. This company supplies worms for existing gardens and wormeries. In this blog they describe the different types of worms and how to use them. Make sure you provide food – Whether you are trying to improve existing soil or build new soil you will need to provide food for the worms
01. To Dig or not to Dig? There are different reasons, opinions and methods to not dig. This link goes to Charles Dowding’s website. Charles has been market gardening for over 35 years. He has developed a range of courses and made lots of videos about No Dig Gardening with the focus on growing vegetables and having no weeds in borders. His site is rich with advice, he has a Youtube channel you can subscribe to click here, and he has developed online courses (paid). He clearly has masses of experience and a really nice style in his videos.
03. To Dig or Not to Dig? The Unsung Heroes of our Soil. It’s hard to find much on the internet about why it’s good to dig, you’re more likely to find statements like this “I used to dig, double dig, rotovate and till the garden and allotment but have a confession to make; I don’t till my garden anymore. I now use no-dig farming methods throughout the garden. However, some vegetable gardeners dig to break up the soil, aerate it and dig in compost and would say they get a better crop as a result. The non-diggers would say they get the worms to do the work as they mulch and feed on top, which suppresses the weeds and lets nature pull the compost down into the soil. You are more likely to find this sort of comment.
Who’s and what is looking after your soil? The soil association have 5 short videos answering this question. The unsung heroes of our soil
What kind of soil do you have? Watch this short video from Gardeners World which will show you how to test what kind of soil you have. Once you understand this it might help you discover what you need to do to improve your soil. This might be useful to know even if you are going the no-dig route