Columbus MS – Worms

Hello Garden Friends,

Today at Columbus MS, Ms. Murray’s class had the opportunity of learning about our precious soil making friends. En espanol se llama GUSANOS! That’s right WORMS! These veggie monsters can eat up to half their body weight a day under the right circumstances. Without lungs, teeth, or eyes, they navigate through the soil in search of decomposing foods which they ingest and turn into the highest nutrient fertilizer available to farmers. Interestingly enough, there is no such thing as a male or female worm. That’s right, all adult worms can reproduce with one another.. laying little yellow egg sacs that yield 1-20 worms depending on the variety. How exciting is that?!

The students got a chance to see the different kinds of worms in the bin – The adults with with a thick often pink band around their abdomens and the youths which are often smaller and more lightly colored. Many of the students were even brave enough to poke around in the castings and search for the worms.

Below are some pictures of the students in action!

Until Next time,


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Jeff Mailes

Jeff Mailes is a garden designer and environmental educator working out of Woodland Hills, CA. A Los Angeles County Master Gardener and UC Davis Alumni, Jeff earned his B.S. in Environmental Resource Science in 2012 and has been growing edibles and natives for the past 6 years.

Jeff’s passion for plants and garden education has led him to school gardens from Los Angeles to Sacramento and all the way up to Portland, Oregon. Now familiar with ecosystems across the West Coast, Jeff has settled back home and works to bring people together over food and inspire the next generation of earth stewards to leave it better than they found it. When not writing about himself in the third person, Jeff enjoys singing with his guitar, going on camping and hiking excursions, and tossing a frisbee around with his friends.