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Frances
Every time it rains my courtyard is overtaken by thousands of small worms that seem come from a raised garden

The worms then dry and stick to the tiles. The worms smell and make a dreadful mess, how can I manage the problem?

Submitted: 10:33AM, 16 Jul 2012
Answer: Hi Frances,
The high worm population in your garden bed shows you have a rich and organic soil. Plants will grow well as the worms enrich the soil and as they travel throughout the garden bed and they will aerate the soil.
During periods of rain it would appear that the garden bed does not drain well and therefore the worms cannot survive the waterlogged soil. This causes them to retreat from the garden bed onto the paving.

Is it possible to add extra drainage to the raised garden bed? Does it have drainage holes or drainage pipe built into the bed?

Once the excess water is removed then there is less likelihood of the worms leaving the garden bed.

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Answered: 08:50AM, 17 Jul 2012

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