WHAT’S IN A WORM

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Red Composting WormsWhat’s in a worm and how do they work?  Just like composting it’s as complex or simple as you choose to make it, for today let’s use the k.i.s.s. principal.  For those unfamiliar with the term it means; keep it simple stupid.  Not very polite, but in many ways quite helpful.  Worms are basically digestive tubes supported by segmented body structure.  While it’s true one worm can produce an egg sack it’s really not the prefered method of reproduction, they like to mate in pairs just like the rest of us.  The reproductive organs are found in the clitella section of the body.  The thing that really makes these worms stand out is the wonderful interaction of worms and bacteria.  Worms have no teeth of course and can’t eat anything until it’s been broken down or decayed by bacterial action.  This is the how in how a worm works.  Just like people they rely on the beneficial bacterium in soil and in their guts to continue the composting process.  All in all they fill a vital niche in our natural world, without them and the mighty army of microbes we’d be knee-deep in stinky rotting organic waste.

Worm Diagram

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