Most people say “EWWW” when I mention earthworms. Sometimes a small critter that grosses out some people is very important to us! They play an intricate part of our circle of life. Worms eat old dead stuff. They help us recycle newspaper and leaves back into the soil. Plants benefit not only in the rich soil, but also in the aeration of the earth as the worms tunnel about. They soften the earth and this allows the rain to penetrate and easier growth of the plants. A great place to start learning about the earthworm is The Adventures of Herman.
Our first project is making a Worm Farm.
Tomorrow we will add earthworms! They can be purchased from local stores that have a sports or bait section.