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harmonyharmony Posts: 351


  • harmonyharmony Posts: 351
    Sorry hit the wrong button lol.
    Yesterday I dug up a Geranium Rosanne to plant elsewhere when I noticed a large worm entangled in the roots which were also compacted with soil and tightly knitted together. I left it for a while on the soil hoping the worm would wriggle away, when I went back it was still entangled so I got a bit of twig and carefully poked the compacted soil away and eventually and gently pulled the roots apart. Mr worm slowly wriggled out and escaped into the soil. I felt rather pleased with myself but my other half think I'm nuts. What do you think ?

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,233
    edited March 2020
    Seems cruel to me.
    They do that to stay moist.

    Quote link below....

    "Earthworms like moist soil. They can survive in dry soils but they are not active. However if the drought is severe, they will die. In dry conditions, they can burrow deep into the soil to 1 metre, tie themselves in a knot, secrete a coating of mucous about themselves which dries and helps prevent water loss"
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,623
    I think it's mad you used a stick :smiley: If you grasp the worm and pull GENTLY it will try to pull itself back in, but as it relaxes to try again it'll come out a little bit, don't pull any harder just keep a light pressure on it and it will actually work it's own way out. Once released plop it back in the hole.
    We were cutting some self seeded plum trees down yesterday since we're trying to turn the area into something the lawn mower can tame we are cutting them flush with the ground. to avoid blunting the saw any faster then absolutely necessary this means pushing some soil out of the way with a boot, and right where the saw was going was a little worm, my OH made sure I moved it before it got murdered! We have 1000's of the things but no need to kill more than the spade/plough already does.
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,484
    I'd just plant it complete with worm.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,568
    Yes, I'm sure the worm would manage to find its own way out.

    I’ve always wondered, when I’ve dug up those little worm balls in hard dry earth, how they get into that shape. There’s never a tunnel or any sort of airsac left in the soil around them.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,178
    Harmony,  l know what you mean.
     If l accidentally uncover a worm, l cover it back up with soil while muttering "Quick, hide" so the birds don't get it 😁
    If l find a ladybird whilst pruning, and it's on a leaf that l'm removing, l will put it on something covered with aphids , and say  "Go on, have a go at that".
    Nothing wrong with me, it's everyone else 😎
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,484
    I usually avoid hurting worms if I can, but if there's a robin waiting patiently nearby, I'll chuck him one😐
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,178
    I like to make the robin do some work .... :)
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,484
    Just a small gift to a friend
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,746
    @AnniD Why would you facilitate the ladybird's feeding and deny it from the little birdies? ;)
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
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