Can Subpod be used with black soldier larvae/fly? Last summer there were many black soldier larvae in my compost bin and the larvae were eating kitchen scraps very fast. The larvae disappear in winter but in spring they come back.
Black soldier fly larvae will eat kitchen scraps faster than compost worms, especially in hot weather. In time, you can lose most or all of your compost worms and be deprived of getting good compost when the fly larvae are abundant.
A couple of suggestions to control your compost system/Subpod:
- Use a Subpod to exclude the black soldier flies from getting in and laying their eggs in your compost system.
- Keep your waste covered as much as possible while you are collecting it, so the flies can’t lay eggs in it before it gets to your compost system. You can use sealed compost bins/containers in your kitchen to seal your food scraps and keep out any unwanted pests.
- Pick out any larvae you see when adding the food waste to your Subpod/compost system.
- Keep your worm bedding a bit drier to favor worms over the soldier fly larvae by adding more dry carbon if the system gets a lot of wet kitchen waste. Dry carbon includes: shredded newspaper, wood shavings, crushed dried leaves, or dried grass clippings.
Do we add scraps during the winter to the Subpod to make our base compost, before the worms are added in the springs?
Food scraps are best added when you have active thriving compost worms in your system, so it is best not to add food scraps until the worms have settled in for a week in their new home; Subpod. When you first start to use your Subpod you will add ...
I am based in a cold climate where the ground freezes in the winter time. Can I still use Subpod?
The material used to make Subpod can withstand temperatures up to -20 degrees celsius. We have tested the Subpod in temperate, subtropical and tropical environments. We have consulted with people who use in-ground worm farms in climates where the ...
Can't you just bury the kitchen scraps? And grow around it thus avoiding the need for the plastic in that Subpod, shipping, money?
Compost worms are different from the worms that live in the soil. In nature, compost worms would only live in the top layer of decomposing leaf matter, etc (decaying organic matter). Soil worms would live below in the soil. They are not as ...
Will subpod work in a mountain environment? We live at 8000 ft elevation, CO, with garden zone 4-5. We have frost depths of 1-2 ft in winter, low temps of -10 to -15, and black bears in the summer. Have you heard of subpod working in places like this?
Yes, your subpod will work in a mountain environment. At 8000 feet your compost worms may have some challenges breathing. An aerator will ensure that air is incorporated into the bedding and food mixture. Additionally, it's important to ensure the ...
I was told that compost worms can’t live in soil. How do the worms aerate and get nutrients to the soil around the subpod if they can’t survive there?
In nature composting worms live in the top layer of a forest floor, which is high in organic matter. In other words, they need high amounts of organic matter (your food scraps) to thrive. Subpod creates this environment, and in the beginning, your ...