Kindergarteners from Mrs. Hawke’s and Manguil’s class, and Ms. Schultz’s class recently met some very important garden workers — worms! After reading the book, Worms at Work, each class met Explorer’s Red Wiggler Worms, the worms that live in our worm composter and make rich fertilizer for the school garden. Red wigglers eat vegetative garbage and turn it into worm castings. Some students loved meeting the worms. Others were less sure they wanted to make their acquaintance. Reluctant worm friends just peeked over their friends shoulders at the worms, and sometimes ventured to poke a finger at their soft bodies. Others took to worms like worms to soil!
Mrs. Manguil’s group also dug in their garden bed looking for night crawlers, the big fat brown worms that live in much of our garden and aerate the soil. Alas — no night crawlers on the day we looked! But the students’ digging for worms helped aerate the garden, too, mixing good compost and air into the moist soil. Now the soil will be ready for planting.