A Shout-Out to Yelm

I was so happy to see the folks from Yelm Earth at the Seattle garden show. This worm farm in Washington state has been through a lot of changes over the years. I went to visit it when I was doing research for The Earth Moved and I think it was for sale then. Anyway, there’s a good group of people tending the worms, selling castings, and more. They’ve got a rich supply of manure for feedstock, good equipment, and plenty of...

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Ice Worms!

Now, this is cool. The Seattle Times reports on an expedition to find ice worms, tiny segmented worms that live around glaciers. But here are some things you may not know about ice worms: Their Latin name is Mesenchytraeus solifugus. They’re in the same taxonomic class as regular segmented earthworms that live in your garden. They eat snow algae. There can be as many as 2600 ice worms in a square meter of glacier. One glacier can...

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Now All I Need is a Title

We take a break from our regularly scheduled worm programming for a special announcement: I need some help choosing a title for my next book. It’s just four or five little words–you wouldn’t think it would be so hard, but my editor and I have been taxing our poor little brains for weeks now and we still haven’t settled on the perfect title. So now I’ve set up an online survey and I’d really appreciate it if...

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Palouse Worm Gets National Attention

Oh, this is a little one. Good news, I suppose–that means that some big mommy worms are out there having babies. It gives me hope, knowing that giant earthworms are still roaming the deep. ABC News: Meter-Long Monsters That Smell Like...

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Earthworms Eat Invasive Plants

Now here’s a win-win situation. Feed water hyacinths to earthoworms. They don’t call this plant “the blue devil” for nothing: it’ll clog a river or a lake in no time flat. Turns out that worms love the stuff and 180 tons of yanked-out-and-piled-up water hyacinth will become 60 tons of rich worm castings. Go, worms! Then can you start on my dandelions? The Hindu : Sci Tech / Agriculture : Water hyacinth: potential...

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Breaking news: Giant Palouse worm found in Idaho

This just in from the Seattle Times. These worms have not been seen in over 20 years and some people feared they were extinct. William Fender and his mother Dorothy did some of the early research about these earthworms, and she had a few specimens in her collection in Oregon when I spoke to her a few years ago as I was doing research for The Earth Moved. “A University of Idaho graduate student recently found a rare giant Palouse...

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