We have started preparing the beds for spring crops. The in-ground beds and garden paths between the rows need a bit of re-grading. Thanks to the earthworms, the soil is loose, even on the paths which were walked on over and over last year. The soil temperature is getting warmer and the earthworms are making their appearance above ground. This guy was found next to some of the lettuce that overwintered. Earthworms are quite the workers and a delight to see in the garden. They aerate the soil, breaking down organic matter and help make nutrients and minerals available to plants. Our harvests of summer crops, like tomatoes, are months away, but our earthworms are hard at work already.