Can the Subpod be used in a wicking garden bed? How much depth of soil do you need under the pod? I'm intending to get a wicking bed (Timber framed) built next month but they recommend only about 350mm of soil depth over the water cells so the wicking is able to reach the roots of shallow rooting
We have not tried Subpod in a wicking garden bed, but we will be trialing some in the future.
We believe, Subpods are a natural fit with wicking beds. The portion of the Subpod that is buried below the surface is only 320 mm and the rest is above ground, so the Subpod will easily fit in the soil above the wicking part of your wicking bed system.
Because the Subpod allows the composting worms to freely move through the garden bed, they will play an important role in keeping the soil of your wicking bed well aerated to help maintain its wicking ability.
You are welcome to try this and be a pioneer for Subpod. We have a Subpod prototype installed at Spell and The Gypsy: https://subpod.com/pages/spell which is not a wicking bed but a closed garden bed. It is working well so far, but we are still gathering the results.
We would love to hear how you with your wicking bed if you decide to get a Subpod and install it.
What soil/compost/other materials do you recommend to go into the garden bed where the Subpod is going to be used. We will be growing vegetables.
If you are growing vegetables in your raised garden bed, it is worth using a premium grade of soil, not potting mix. Potting mix is designed to hold a lot of water, but for a raised garden bed, it is better to have well-draining soil. For example, ...
How much soil do I need per Subpod? For a pre-made garden? What is the minimum amount of soil? What is the minimum size garden bed?
You have a few of choices to choose from. 1) You can dig the Subpod directly into the ground up to the bottom of the ventilation panel, making sure to loosen the soil around the outside of the Subpod (up to about 30 cm or 1 foot perimeter around the ...
Do you need to add water to the Subpod at all, or just water the garden bed as usual?
You do not need to add extra water to the Subpod, as there should be plenty of liquid coming from your food scraps. It's important to make sure the worm blanket is kept moist though. To test if the worm blanket has enough moisture…. Squeeze the ...
What sort of max planting area can you sensibly have around a Subpod in a raised planting bed? How far do the worms move through the soil?
We've noticed the worms travelling out to a maximum garden bed size of 1.2 m x 1.8. But this would take some time for the worms to fertilize a bed that size (6-12 months) To speed up this process, you could use your finished compost in your Subpod ...
Does the Grow Garden Bed have a sealed bottom?
The Grow Garden Bed has an open bottom that is suitable to sit on soil, sand, grass etc, anything where you don’t mind liquid run-off from your garden bed going. If you want to put your Subpod on a balcony, verandah or concrete, we recommend that you ...