#389: The Destructive Habits of the Asian Earthworm
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
About this episode's guest on the Vegetable Gardening Show, 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.