An interesting discovery enabled this article on how to save worms and soil life during flooding of your garden. Two years ago after learning urban permaculture gardening, and turning a whole town property into a food forest, something very interesting happened that shed light on a wonderful way how to save worms and soil life during flooding of your garden.
After adding a lot of local natural materials, like horse manure, wood chips from calf shed cleanings, tree and leaf mulch, hen manure, sheep manure, seaweed, and many other organic nutrients to the gardens, setting up water retention walkways filled with mulch, and vegetable filled, no dig, no weed garden boxes and planting many double grafted fruit trees, delicious fruits and vegetables grew prolifically.
Following urban permaculture tips, covering soil with straw, wood chips, or leaf mulch, this encouraged worm activity to the very surface, and held the soil moisture in. This year a very thick layer, nearly two feet thick covered all the garden beds, tucked in around plants and trees.
The indoor pot plants also had worms and mulch added, and just before every flood, the indoor worms would leave their pots and go walkabout along the carpet. Interestingly, they were in tune with the outdoor worms who were migrating to a safer place with the impending weather conditions.
After a very long drought this year, the rain finally came and then came the flooding. The difference this year was all the worms had somewhere to go that was above the level of the surface flooding! They were in tight balls in the very top of the straw and hay, about a foot above the soil and water. They were dry, warm and safe. No doubt many other beneficial bugs and insects found refuge there too. This year it seemed no worm or soil life was lost to rain or surface flooding.
When the rain stopped and the ground dried, our worm life simply slipped quietly back to their homes underground, and as the ground continued to dry out, beneficial watering by hand kept the worm and soil life healthy.
We now wonder where do the worms and soil life go in serious flooding and how often have we lost many beneficial creatures by our old ways of gardening? And how much top soil do we lose to flooding and how many nutrients washed away through not covering the ground with mulch?
Forests live for many years without any intervention from man, simply through recycling waste materials. A forest floor is thick with leaf mulch which keeps in the moisture and feeds the ground. This layer provides a wonderful haven for all soil life in any weather.
We only need to copy nature in this way, and water with the best water we can find, to reap great rewards from our gardens. We invite you to take a look below if you want to learn more. It is so rewarding, you will be glad you looked.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to save worms and soil life during flooding of your garden, as much as I did sharing it with you.
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