WHAT DO EARTHWORMS EAT?
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What a worm eats will depend on where in the soil they live as they can be found living both close to the surface or much deeper underground.
On the surface, worms will eat a variety of organic materials, such as dead grass, any other larger leaf material and even decaying animals! However there are a huge variety of microscopic organisms that also live on these food sources. This allows earth worms to not only feast on the decaying matter but also a 'balanced diet' of algae, fungi and bacteria - essential for a healthy lifestyle!
Worms that live deeper under the ground have a diet that is primarily raw soil, but these worms survive once again by digesting the bacteria, fungi and algae found living there. The soil passes through the worm and comes out as what is known as worm casts. This is a nicer way of saying worm poo! However, these casts are also beneficial to your garden plants due to their nutritional value. In their search for food worms also naturally aerate the soil, improving the root environment for your plants.
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