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New composting invention - Subpod

I know this isn’t specifically related to beekeeping, but it is related to growing your own fruit, veggies and plants in general in your own garden. And bees are part of that. :honeybee: It’s a great cause that we can all be part of. I bought one today :slight_smile:

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Subpods are launching on Indiegogo for an early bird special, and I thought some of you green thumbs might like the idea of it.

Simply put, the Subpod will allow you to have a composting system and worm farm directly in your garden, delivering nutrients directly to the roots of your plants where they are needed.

Subpods will improve the condition of your soil through its unique design.

The Subpod has been rigorously tested over the last 8 years to allow maximum efficiency of letting worms move freely in and out while keeping unwanted pests out.

At the top of the Subpod, we have designed a special mesh which allows air to flow in and out while being strong enough to keep out large critters such as rats, possums and anything else living in your garden. Worm mobility is key for this product and is actually what makes Subpod more advantageous over conventional systems.

The Subpod is made from water and food safe plastic which has a minimum life of 10 years in the soil without any leaching or degradation.

Another unique factor that makes the Subpod special is its unique interconnecting design that allows multiple modules to be added to cater to larger volumes of waste. The modular design, along with the bench seating aspect, makes it perfect for cafes and restaurants, as well as incorporating into your own garden. The Subpod can be buried into the ground, or made into an above-ground garden bed which you can sit on and enjoy the fruits of your labor :slight_smile:

The idea is mimicking nature where worms eat, roam, and spread nutrients. Worms are not confined to the Subpod, but learn to return there for feeding. As for getting full, it does not fill up as quickly as most systems because of the worm mobility, plus the worms and microbes are continuously eating. This keeps the compost levels low inside the Subpod. We find that you end up only needing to empty the contents a couple of times per year, or more if you would like to distribute your compost and worm castings throughout your garden.

In most systems, because you are creating worm castings in a confined area, you need to take them out and apply them to your garden. This is a two-step process. For Subpod, it is just the one step of composting and the soil biology does the rest! Of course, there are times when people will want to use worm castings in other areas of their garden, and we have designed the Subpod lid to allow for easy access to scoop out your worm castings.

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That looks easier than a pile on the ground or a tumbler. It’s clean looking too! Though I have a large Jora I would get this if I didn’t have composting set up in my home already. Though I am tempted!

A neat variation of trench composting. It would work and there are other systems that do the same but his one is prettier.

Cheers
Rob.

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I’m happy with my “Worms Downunder” worm habitat. The thing about it is: while organic material is being consumed by compost worms & or BSFL, the liquid goes to the bottom where it can be captured, then used as a liquid fertilser. The worm castings can be retrieved from lower down, then used over a large area.

Anyway I wish Saadi every success with the campaign.

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You can capture worm juice from a Subpod too. Castings and juice can automatically flow out from the Subpod, or they can be manually taken out to spread around the garden.

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I think what I like best about it is that it’s an inexpensive method of getting buildings with large amounts of people to contribute to the health of the soil. Apartment buildings and condos just don’t have to participate in the health of the environment by design or requirements. I think it’s great!

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I’ll have to take a closer look at it. I thought that the pod had holes in it so that the worms come & go while distributing nutrients to the surrounding garden bed. Then I figured you’d have to remove the top unprocessed material in order to retrieve the worm castings from the bottom. Unless it comes with something you lift out that would contain the new stuff, before you remove the castings.

I agree with @Martha, it would be great where large amounts of people would contribute to the health of the soil & health of the environment.

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PS Faroe, they don’t say how many litres of waste it holds. However the space looks fairly big.

Not big enough for @busso’ campers though! :smile:

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