The Subpod is the ultimate composting machine!

If you are an avid gardener, then you are familiar with the many benefits of composting. However, nothing is perfect, although I think the Subpod worm farm is pretty close.

As I am a bit of a lazy gardener, I need easy and bullet-proof, and for me the Subpod hits the mark.

The Subpod worm farm compost bin is a well-designed vermiculture system that effectively addresses many compost problems making it a must-have gardening tool.

Subpod Compost system

We have 3 Subpod Compost Systems at home, one in each raised garden bed.

This makes it super easy, as I don’t have to worry about overfeeding the subpod worms.

 

What is the Subpod Worm Farm?

The Subpod worm farm is a well-designed container that has been divided into two sections and is used to create rich vermicompost. The bottom and sides of the plastic feature perforation holes that allow worms and other beneficial organisms to enter and exit the compost naturally. The small size of the openings effectively keeps vermin, such as mice and rats, out of the compost.

The Subpod has been a great investment for us, with nearly all of our kitchen waste now being composted, including our egg cartons and debris from the vacuum cleaner.

We started with one Subpod however found that with the volume of waste that we produce, adding the additional worm farms allows up to use them more effectively.

If you have a smaller family (we are a family of 5) the Subpod Mini Compost System might be more suitable.

Design Benefits of the Subpod Compost System

Unlike most composters which are above ground, you bury the Subpod worm farm directly into the soil or a raised garden bed, leaving the lid uncovered.

The Subpod has a hinged lid that lets you readily access the contents to either use the compost or add organic waste.

Once in the ground, the device is insulated by the soil surrounding it, providing a more stable temperature for the worms.

Composter and Garden Bench Combination

Historically, composting has involved the use of either large and unsightly piles of compost tucked into a hidden corner of your garden or a bulky plastic bin or tumbler that takes up excessive space and lacks any aesthetics. The Subpod is discreet and functional. It not only acts as a worm farm to create vermicompost but also doubles as a garden bench to become a valued addition to your landscape. 

The Subpod measures 75 cm long, 45 cm high and 43 cm wide and the above ground portion can be used as a comfortable gardening seat that will hold up to 150kg of weight.

The condition of the soil has improved greatly since using the Subpod Worm Farm and the quantity of the vegetable harvest has also improved.

Subpod Garden Bed

The Subpod embraces natural vermiculture and will easily hold 1,000 worms in a safe, underground environment. The worms are protected from the harmful effects of the sunlight but can easily travel around and through the Subpod into the surrounding soil.

The worms will naturally flourish making vermicompost in the Subpod while nurturing and aerating not only your compost but also your garden.

The condition of the soil has improved greatly since using the Subpod Worm Farm and the quantity of the vegetable harvest has also improved.

The Subpod Unique Ventilation Design

The odor of compost is a long-debated topic. Many people like the earthy smell and others find it repugnant. Most people will agree that having a smelly compost pile close to your outdoor patio or pool is a ‘no-no’ just because of the possible smells. However, with the Subpod, odor is eliminated. It has a 360-degree ventilation system that lets your compost receive ample fresh air flow which pushes the stale air out before it becomes smelly or sour.

The inground Subpod system keeps the compost moist and fresh. It doesn’t become overheated, dried out, and ruined. Instead, it stays fresh and robust. You also have easy access to the compost by simply lifting the lid.

 

The Subpod is Easy Set Up

The hardest thing about installing the Subpod was digging the hole!

To set up the modular in-ground vermiculture composting system, all you must do is dig a hole. Level the bottom of the hole so the container sits level.  Then simply place the Subpod into the hole and fill around the composter. You’ll need to add starter compost and worms (which are sold separately).

To assemble the subpod itself is relatively easy. The base of subpod is unfolded and clipped together. A little gentle force can be required and the key is to make sure that everything lines up nicely before exerting any force to clip it in place. 

Once the sides are clipped together, the lid is clipped in place, and then the middle section, which creates the two chambers.  When clipping together the age-old adage that two hands are better than one, rings true, as it can be difficult to line everything up while exerting force to click together.

Although the manufacturer claims that setup can take less than five minutes – we found that it took between 30 to 45 minutes, but it was enjoyable and certainly not hard, although fitting the lid and insert was a little fiddly.

Now to add your worms and compost!!

We sourced our worms from a local supplier, which were supplied in soil, and gave them a few days to settle in before adding any kitchen waste. 

One thing to remember is not to add too much compost initially but all the instructions on volume and what to add are conveniently located on the inside of the lid for easy reference.

Because we have 3 of the Subpods now installed we have found we can add more and more waste and we add everything from our coffee grounds to the dust and debris from the vacuum cleaner bag.

Homemade Garden Bed

If you are going to build the raised garden beds at the same time, however, this takes a little more time and planning.

Make sure that you allow enough depth and width when building your garden bed to accommodate the Subpod.

The Subpod is 75 cm long, 45 cm high and 43 cm wide (32 cm of which will be buried underground).

Benefits of the Subpod Vermiculture Composting System

 

  • Easy (relatively quick) assembly
  • In-ground system that allows worms to move freely from the Subpod compost bin into the surrounding garden soil and back again.
  • Effectively feeds worms 15kg of kitchen waste per week to create rich compost.
  • Boasts a dual compost chamber.
  • Ideal composter for a family of four to eight individuals.
  • Smell-free
  • Creates an ideal garden bench.
  • Holds 115 litres
  • Two-year manufacturer warranty

Vermiculture Care

 

With the Subpod, the art of vermiculture is easy. The process is very low maintenance. They require relatively warm temperatures of around of 4 to 26 degrees Celsius.

 

You don’t have to worry about feeding the warms every day. You can add food scraps once a week. The worms can easily go two weeks without the addition of new food into the composter. They will rely on the surrounding garden area to help meet their needs. The worms also have the ability of regulating their own population.

 

When using the Subpod, avoid overfeeding the worms. The worms prefer decomposing foods, but they will not eat food after it becomes smelly or slimy. Only add about three centimeters of food scraps to the Subpod. Do not exceed six centimeters of uneaten food.

 

Best food to feed the worms in the Subpod

 

  • Fruit scraps
  • Vegetable scraps
  • Tea leaves
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cooked foods
  • Crushed or ground eggshells
  • Baby debris
  • Lawn clippings

Things not to feed the worms:

 

  • Only feed limited citrus due to the acidic nature
  • Limited past, wheat, or bread products
  • Animal products such as dairy, fats, or meats
  • Rotten foods
  • Shiny papers
  • Oils
Herbs and the Subpod Worm Farm

 

What Happens During the Winter?

 

You might worry about your worm farm during the winter, but the soil is a natural insulator. In the cold weather, the pod will work to keep the warms warm and active (if the soil does not freeze to the depth of the composter)

 

The Subpod worm farm is the perfect underground composting system for most gardener’s needs. It is a natural aerobic system that enables you to create your compost through the natural vermiculture process. The sustainable composter creates the perfect environment for the worms to flourish so you can enjoy ample vermicompost for all your landscaping needs.

 

Subpod Results

 

We are very happy with our Subpod Worm Farms and would definitely recommend. We have found them easy to use and it is a great feeling knowing that we are contributing to the environment in a sustainable manner.

After 2 years we are just about to empty the first Subpod and redistribute the worms into our garden to help condition the soil.