If you are an avid gardener, then you are familiar with the many benefits of composting. However, nothing is perfect, and despite the perks of having a composter, you probably have a few complaints.
The revolutionary Subpod worm farm compost bin is a well-designed vermiculture system that effectively addresses many compost problems making it a must-have gardening tool.
You can see the Subpod Worm Farm in the photograph below. Each raised garden bed has it’s own Subpod installed.
What is the Subpod Worm Farm?
The Subpod worm farm is a wonderfully designed plastic container that has been divided into two sections 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. We started with one Subpod however found that with the volume of waste that we produce adding the additional 2 worm farms allows up to use them more effictively.
The Design of the Subpod Composter
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 composter’s contents to use the compost or add organic waste. The lid seals the bin well. Once in the ground, the device becomes a practical Subpod worm farm that creates wonderfully rich organic vermicompost for all your gardening needs.
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. You don’t have to hide it away like a dirty, smelly secret.
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.
Vermiculture for Vermicompost
The Subpod embraces natural vermiculture. It 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.
Subpod’s 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.
In-ground Composting System
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’ll have easy access to the compost when you need it the most. Simply lift the lid.
Although, the manufacturer proclaims 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.
The hardest thing about installing was digging the hole!
Easy Set Up
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. You can then place it into the hole and fill around the composter. You’ll need to add starter compost and worms (which are sold separately).
One thing to remember is do not add too much compost initially when you first start out or it could turn anaerobic which will cause unwanted odour and cause the worms to abandon the compost bin.
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.
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.
- Creates an ideal garden bench.
- Holds 115 litres
- Two-year manufacturer warranty
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
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.
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.