|I knew we put compost in the beds from a heap behind the fence and sometimes I got to take orange peels and eggshells out to the pile. I don’t think I made the connection exactly until I had my own first compost heap. I rejoiced at the sight of fat earthworms toiling in it and then saw the great results in my garden soil. We organic gardeners have found that organic soils do two things better than unamended soils: they drain and retain water more efficiently. Organic matters assist existing soil particles, whether sandy or clay, light or heavy, by binding to them. If the soil is sandy or light, it becomes denser and so channels water more slowly. Conversely, if tiny clay particles dominate, the organic matter opens those channels so water can percolate through heavy soils. The extremes of weather are upon us, from record warm temperatures and storms to drought and overwhelming rainfall. To continue gardening through such challenges means taking advantage of our ability to improve soils to better tolerate them. If your soil puddles or stays saturated for days after a rainy day, chances are good that your roots are suffering. Let them dry out one more time and start fixing the problem. By working with Nature and using organic products like WormWise Vermicompost and Vermicompost Tea, you build soil structure every season.