Congratulations! If you’re reading this then you probably have a new Subpod on the way. Surprisingly, there don’t seem to be many books on worm-parenthood, so we’ve written this short 3-step guide to help get you started with Subpod.
Let’s jump in!
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What you will need:
- 8 Large handfuls of bedding material (coconut peat, newspaper or cardboard)
- An assembled and installed Subpod
- A watering can or hose
- Your Subpods’ worm blankets
Step 1. Make the bed
Whether you’re picking them up in-store or they’re arriving by post, your worms are going to be exhausted after their big journey. They’ll need to rest for a few days, and it’s up to you to make comfortable bedding for them.
Not sure where to get your worms? Read this short worm-buying guide!
While materials like newspaper and cardboard will do in a pinch, we recommend coconut peat as the ultimate bedding - it’s high-quality and also doubles up as a snack for your worms.
Once you’ve got your materials ready, start shredding them up. Then, add four big handfuls to the bottom of both the compartments in your Subpod.
Once that’s finished, dampen everything with a hose or watering can. Be careful not to wet it too much though! If you can squeeze a handful of bedding and only have a few drops of water come out, you’ve done it right.
Step 2. It’s worm time!
The standard amount of worms you’ll want to start with is a mix of at least 2,000 live worms and worm eggs. It’s fine to start with more, but try not to go with any less!
Take your container of worms, and sprinkle everything inside into both freshly bedded compartments of your Subpod. Try to divide the worms up equally between both sides, to help get things moving when you start composting.
Step 3. Tuck your worms in
Your worms will need some time to get settled into their new home, so all you need to do is tuck them in.
To do this, soak the worm blankets that come with your Subpod in some water and ring them out lightly (they should be moist, but not dripping). Then, lay them gently over your worms on each side of the system.
And that's it!
You're now fully prepared to care for your new composting companions. Compost worms are very low maintenance, so your little guys won’t need to be checked on again until they’re ready for their first feed – which will be in a weeks’ time.