If dog is man's best friend, then worm is gardener's bestie. Can you guess why? If not, you might need to hear what Fine Gardening's contributing editor and Garden Rant blogger Amy Stewart has to say about earthworms. She discovered their allure when moving into her current California home (I won't even try to tell the story as brilliantly as she does in the latest episode of our Garden Confidential podcast). One thing led to another, and Stewart discovered that she wasn’t alone in her passion for earthworms, with luminaries like Charles Darwin considering the creatures in his book titled The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms. Stewart followed Darwin’s lead and launched her own studies, culminating in The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms, a required read for gardeners who want to know what's happening below the surface of the soil they work.

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Join our host Andrew Keys as he and Stewart discuss the ubiquitous worm (Episode 5: Down to Earth). Then, post a comment on the podcast blog page by 5:00 pm ET on Sunday, April 8 for a chance to win your own free copy of The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart.

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Shiela Horspool of California has been randomly selected as the winner of a free copy of The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart. She and a friend have already purchased a new worm bin, and look forward to a bounty of castings, even though all their friends think they're weird because of it.

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