Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Worms in the Compost

Backyard Compost Bin
I've posted briefly about worms in my compost before, but am really interested in finding out the answer to this question:

Why do they congregate under the lid and around the rim when it rains? Are they escaping the moisture-laden compost, or are they trying to get in? When I discover them there, I'll leave the lid off for half an hour, and when I return, they've all magically disappeared (though I have been known to encourage them into the bin by lifting them over the edge with a leaf or small twig).

I wrote an email to Worm Digest in October, but they never responded. Darn worm people -- don't they understand how important this is?

Does anyone know the answer?


jan said...

When it rains really hard in my yard, they launch themselves out of the soil onto the concrete walks and mow strips. Someone told me they would drown in a really wet soil.

Lynn Sinclair said...

I've heard about them drowning in the soil. Don't you just hate going out for a walk after the rain, and stepping around all the worms?

NuclearToast said...

Being the internet nerd I am, I immediately went to wikipedia to see if there was any information on this question. Found it right here.

Lynn Sinclair said...

The world needs nerds like you, NT. Interesting Wikipedia entry, but I still don't know if they want in the compost or out. Yes, obviously I need a life if this is the only thing I have to worry about.