In this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Bradley Herrick, research ecologist at UW Madison about the destructive habits of the Asian earthworm.

The Asian earthworm has been in the USA for a little over 70 years and not many people up to this point have been paying much attention to them.  That is however, until reserachers found that the Asian earthworm can be harmful to the home vegetable garden.

Brad is going to tell us all about the Asian earthworm, why they are different than other earthworms as well as why they are harmful to the garden as opposed to being helpful.

From there he is going to tell us about what the latest research is telling us in regards to earthworm prevention, the makeup of the soil caused by the Asian earthworm and some steps you can take to reduce their damage to your home vegetable garden.

This and so much more on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!


Here's what we'll cover in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

✅ Asian earthworm
✅ What makes the Asian earthworm different from other earthworms
✅ How did the Asian earthworm make its way to the USA
✅ Why the Asian earthworm is bad for you as a home vegetable gardener
✅ Asian earthworm behavior patterns
✅ Prevention methods


Mentioned in this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

UW Madison
Earthworm Vermicompost: A Sustainable Alternative to Chemical Fertilizers for Organic Farming


About this episode's guest, Brad Herrick

Brad is the Research Ecologist with the UW-Madison Arboretum where he oversees the research program and assists in developing long-term restoration and management plans for the wide variety of Arboretum ecosystems. He is a plant ecologist with interests in wetlands, prairies, and oak savannas. Most recently, he has been working with colleagues in Madison to investigate the ecological impacts of the Asian earthworms through laboratory study, field experiments, and habitat monitoring.


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About the Host

Mike Podlesny is the host of The Vegetable Gardening Show where he interviews gardening industry experts, and he is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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