Today, I introduced my favorite garden friend to my classes at Sullivan: The ordinary earthworm. These little creatures are more than just cute (as one preschooler described the red wrigglers), they take care of the earth beneath our feet. Worms make tunnels in the ground that help the roots of plants stretch far and wide for water. Worms help make soil soft for the roots to breath. Worms also make soil out of organic materials.
We read a book about a little girl whose family puts their fruit and veggie scraps in the compost bin, where the worms live. And after a few months, the family finds dirt in the bottom of the bin to put in their garden. The kids were introduced to the word “decay” (a word they will continue to learn as they grow older) and “compost.”
Then the kids had a chance to look into the compost bin in the corner of the garden. And to run their hands through genuine compost (that I’d harvested from the bottom of the bin).
So you see, worms are very important friends for our garden. Next time you see a worm, make sure to thank it for taking care of the earth 🙂