No Earth Worms/Not great results
I feel I do a pretty good job of "attempting" to keep my vegetable garden healthy. Each spring I add all of the compost that I've made over the past year which is enough to cover most everything with about one or two inches, I add several inches of shredded oak leaves to the top layer. I add purchased cow manure to each seedling planted, etc. etc.
I do till because my garden tends to attract lots of spiny roots as I live in a wooded area. BUT when I,m digging planting or just playing in the garden I rarely see any earth worms???? As Kimmsr suggests in many posts you should see several with each shovel, I often or usually see none. I don't use any chemicals. I do use a liquid fish emulsion to actively growing plants. My overall results are average or below. I have not been able to grow peppers for the past several years as they tend to get eaten and or diseased in early stages leaves get chewed become crispy and die,(even in containers) I normally have a good crop of cucs but last year I struggled as seedlings kept dying but I finally got a few, beans onions squash cabbage are great, although I had the same seedling struggle last year with vining beans, tomatoes are good but don't grow as tall and bushy as they used to and always get some sort of blight (or something) than turn the leaves yellow in late August. What else if anything should I be doing to attract earth worms? I don't rotate crops too much but I'm planning a complet overhaul this year, nothing will go where they have been in the past two seasons. I DO have lots o insects but I can only identify a few, I do go out at night to kill earwigs slugs and anything else I find. I put too much time and effort to not get a good great crop. Looking forward to your suggestions, ask and I will provide any info to help your analysis. Thanks and sorry for the long post.