What's included in the Subpod Grow Bundle?
1 x Subpod Classic
1 x Garden Bed
1 x Aerator
What can be composted in Subpod?
You can compost a much bigger variety of materials in Subpod than in other worm farm systems! See the full list below:
FOOD WASTE ✅
Most food waste can be composted in Subpod without worry. Fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells (crush them first), coffee grounds, used tea leaves, spoiled plant-based milks, grains, pastas, breads, nuts (and their shells), seeds, pits, husks and so on. Small amounts of meat, seafood, dairy foods, citrus, onion and garlic may also be added. Subpod can also process spicy herbs, peppers and oils but it’s best to introduce these slowly in small amounts at first, and only once your worms are fully established (after around three months).
PAPER & CARD ✅
Most scrap paper and cardboard can be added to Subpod, as long as it’s not laminated or super glossy. Again, the smaller the pieces, the better. Junk mail, office paper, bills, envelopes (no plastic windows), post-it notes. Paper plates, tissues, egg cartons, paper cupcake liners, baking paper, even card and paper packaging is fine.
NATURAL FIBRES ✅
Cotton wool balls and pads, tampons, toilet paper cores and even natural latex condoms and gloves can go into Subpod. Old clothing, face washers, napkins, tablecloths and very old towels can be used as long as they are made from natural fibres like cotton, tencel, linen, hemp or wool (no polyester, nylon, acrylic or blends) – just shred them into small pieces first. Washer and dryer lint is okay too, as long as it comes only from clothing made from natural fibres.
WOOD AND BAMBOO ✅
Sawdust (no paint) is great. Toothpicks, disposable wood, bamboo and bioplastic cutlery and crockery can be composted, along with dead matches, bamboo skewers, garden prunings (cut 'em up small), and charcoal from the fireplace – as long as you wash off the ash which is too alkaline for Subpod.
HUMAN AND ANIMAL WASTE ✅
Human hair and nail trimmings, used facial tissue, used cotton bandages and sanitary items can all be composted in Subpod, as long as they are made from 100% natural fibres. Pet hair of all kinds is fine, along with soiled newspaper and hay cage liners and faeces from vegetarian pets and livestock (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, cows and horses). Dog and cat faeces are NOT suitable for Subpod if you’re eating the plants growing around it. But fine if you want to have a separate one for this purpose.
NOT COMPOSTABLE 🛑
You cannot compost non-organics such as plastic, tin cans, cigarettes, building waste, toxic waste, glass, or any other similar materials in Subpod.
Does Subpod need to be underground?
Yes - 12" underground! Being underground is what makes Subpod different from other compost systems. The soil provides insulation and a way for worms and microbes to explore your garden and feed your plants. Above ground compost systems struggle to keep worms and microbes comfortable, and even alive, in summer and winter – but underground they're safe and happy (which is the secret to good compost).
Does Subpod use worms?
Yes! Subpod is a vermi-composting system, which means it relies on compost worms to break down your food waste. Without compost worms, Subpod can't do its job.
We recommend buying worms for your Subpod locally if possible, but you can also find them online. If you need more information on how to buy worms, read this blog!
Do worms come included?
Unfortunately, no. But we do have a few tips though!
- Try to purchase worms locally. Worms always seem to be happier if they don’t have to be shipped for miles across the country.
- Get a diversity of worms. There are 3 main types: Red Wigglers, Night Crawlers and Tigers. Each is better suited to different environments and temperatures, so it’s helpful to get all 3.
- Jump on to our growhub community and see if there’s a local Subpodder that will give you some worms. Make a friend and score some worms at the same time!
How many worms will I need for Subpod?
We recommend starting out with a minimum of 1,000. If you would like to speed up the process, start with a 2,000.
How is Subpod different from other compost systems?
Subpod is an in-ground worm farm, the first ever of its kind! Above ground compost systems are often difficult to maintain and attract pests. Worm farms that are above ground also fail when they get too hot or cold – but not Subpod. Subpod sits 90% below the soil level in your garden, so the compost worms that live inside can come and go freely (nourishing the soil directly). The soil insulates your compost and protects your worms from harsh weather, so you can keep composting no matter the season!
We designed Subpod to deal with all the common issues associated with traditional compost systems:
- It’s aerobic, using odourless microbes to speed up the composting process
- The ventilation panels keep it smell-free with fresh air
- It’s rodent proof and lockable to keep unwanted hands out
- It doubles as a garden seat, subtly hidden amongst your plants
Is Subpod made from plastic?
It’s great to be concerned about the use of plastic, and we have put a lot of energy into this. When designing the Subpod we have considered many factors, and one of the main things that are important to us is a circular life economy.
We have found that the best material we can use now to manufacture our Subpod is polypropylene which is naturally BPA free. This is one of the safest plastics available from a health perspective with no endocrine disruptor chemicals and with undetectable leaching. Because we have designed the Subpod for durability and long life use, as a priority we are initially making Subpods from virgin polypropylene and will field test blends of up to 50% recycled polypropylene to verify these blends have sufficient strength and longevity to permit the use of a percentage of recycled polypropylene in Subpod manufacturing.
Polypropylene is water and food safe and has been used in the food industry for many years, able to withstand high temperatures of about 110 degrees Celsius/230 Fahrenheit. Using polypropylene, Subpod are expected to have a minimum usable lifespan of 10-15 years in the soil without any leaching or degradation which is important since the Subpod will contain and be surrounded by a microbe-dense soil in a wide range of conditions, including damp and high humidity areas.
Doubling as bench seating requires that the materials chosen support body weight. Polypropylene based Subpod can bear up to 200 kilograms/440.93 pounds.
Finally, the Subpod can be recycled when it reaches the end of its life in your garden, completing its life cycle. There are exciting plastic substitutes being developed which we are looking into, but most of these are designed to be composted after use and we need the Subpod to hold up strong for many years while it is efficiently composting all of your kitchen waste ;-)
It’s number for recycling is 5.
Meet the Subpod Grow Bundle
Compost worms team up with odourless microbes inside Subpod and transform up to 33lb / 15kg of your waste into rich soil every week. Our Aerator (compost mixing tool) keeps your compost healthy, so your Subpod will always be the best seat outside the house.
Your Subpod will be right at home inside our thoughtfully designed Grow Bed. Made from high-quality steel with an anti-corrosive aluminium and zinc coating – it’s guaranteed to last through many growing seasons. Taller than the average garden bed, your plants grow deeper and you sit comfier. Our Grow Beds are designed with an open base, ideal for most backyards but not suitable for balconies or decks.
Don’t compromise on quality or beauty in your garden, grow with Subpod.
We're here for you.
We want to make your composting experience easy, simple and enjoyable as possible.
60 Day Satisfaction Guarantee
We know you'll love Subpod Grow Bundle – that's why it comes with a 60 day satisfaction period. Use your Subpod Grow Bundle in your backyard and return it if you're not happy to us within 60 days for a full refund.
£8 Flat Rate Shipping from our U.K. warehouse in Swindon
Delivered to your door from our local warehouse with world class courier services. You'll be provided with a tracking number once your Subpod Grow Bundle is dispatched, knowing exactly when you'll receive it.
Our returns process is easy
In the unlikely event that you'll need to return your Subpod Grow Bundle within 60 days, the process is incredibly easy. Our customer service team will provide you with a return shipping label and guide you through the process.
Fall in love with compost when you choose Subpod.
Over 20,000 people from schools, households, businesses, restaurants, families, cafes and non-profits around the world have fallen in love with compost after choosing Subpod.
"Composting just got a bit more efficient! I highly recommend this... I'm looking forward to some really good harvest"
"The Subpod was the perfect solution for us—it made worm bin composting way less scary and easily achievable."