Worms move nutrients in and out of your Subpod and your surrounding garden for you. Especially the 'worm wee' – a liquid fertiliser like a multi vitamin probiotic rocket fuel for your plants!
As your worm colony grows the amount of nutrients it shares grows too! Your Subpod also slowly fills up with vermi-compost which you can then harvest for other parts of you garden.
When harvesting, try and keep as many worms in your Subpod as possible. Especialy if using the vermi compost far away from your Subpod or in sandy soil. It may take 6-12 months for you Subpod Classic or Subpod Mini to bef ull and ready to harvest, but this varies greatly with how you use it. It's OK to harvest small amounts of vermicompost before you Subpod is full, so long as you keep all of your worms in your Subpod, and plenty of vermicompost as habitat for them.
Once full of dark soil like vermicompost:
- Stop feeding one of your Subpod Classic's 2 chambers (or your whole Subpod Mini) a fortnight before harvesting.
- On a sunny day, gently scrape an inch layer of vermicompost to one side at a time, letting the sun chase your worms deeper, leaving another layer ready for harvesting as they burrrow down.
- Put your worm free vermicompost to one side and repeat.
- At some depth there'll be so many worms you can't sperate out the vermicompost. Leave these worms and remaing vermicompost in you Subpod, ready to process new scraps for you.
- Vermi-compost should be used soon after harvest, before it is leached by rain or dries out, killing many of its benificial microbes.
- You can use it like regular compost, spread or sprinkled onto existing soil, mixed with poor soil to make a potting mix, or mixed with water and poured throughout your garden.
Did you know?
- Vermi-compost and worm wee provide soil nutrients and are packed with beneficial microorganisms. This makes them the perfect zero emissions natural, organic fertiliser for your garden; creating healthy, fertile soil.
- Extremely sandy soils don't have enough structure or biology to retain the goodness added by a small amount of vermi-compost or worm wee.
- To add structure to sandy soil, first use a large amount of compost, 'Sheet Mulch' or 'Green Manure'. Then keep topped up with worm wee, vermi-composts, compost, lighter mulch or by adding a subpod to the bed!. By doing this you'll quickly start to build up rich, dark soil, and keep it for years to come.