There are many things I love about being out in the garden. One of my favorite things has to be when I am preparing a garden bed, and moving the soil around reveals an earthworm or two. Worms are essential for a healthy garden. They aerate the soil, move nutrients to sub-layers and their poop (called castings) is the best compost around. Water needs to be present for worm activity, so if you have dry or compacted soil in your garden here are a few things you can do to get it flush with nutrients again.
For beds that are for veggies and flowers, dig rows one foot long and two spade-lengths deep. Move the soil around and back into the holes. For really dry soils, fill the holes back up with fresh topsoil from the nursery or hardware store, buy one that's good enough to support plant growth. Next, to get some bio activity and worm action happening, Worm Feast by Reln Garden is an inground feeding station placed directly in the soil. Pick up the lid and add compost, feeding the worms who will then get busy accelerating soil fertilization. I like this idea, as the direct composting is constantly replenishing the nutrients in the soil with minimal fuss while doing the worms a huge food favor.
Did you know worms are hermaphrodites, but still need to date to reproduce. I guess you can't have everything! Their digestive systems run the length of their bodies and their respiratory system works through their skin. Eating their own body weight in food a day, they are cold blooded and need moisture, food and air to live well.