What are your recommendations for extreme heat and sun? Temperatures above 40 °C/104 °F, etc? Is the lid/seat insulated? We have hot summers (40 °C/104 °F + days/25deg+ nights) and I wondered if the worms would survive in a subpod in this heat.
The Subpod lid is insulated which helps to keep out the direct heat from the sun. Additionally, to keep your worms the happiest, we recommend installing your Subpod in a shady/partly shady location which will help to keep your Subpod from overheating.
If you do not have a shady spot, you can install a shade cloth over your Subpod to prevent excess direct heat/sun from getting into your Subpod:
In extreme heat circumstances, you have the choice to put your Subpod in a raised garden bed which will be a few degrees warmer that the safest choice; which is directly in the ground (the more soil surrounding the Subpod, the more insulated from outside temperatures).
Keeping the worm blanket wet/moist will also help to keep your Subpod cool.
How do I care for composting worms in extreme heat?
Composting worms that fare the best in hot conditions are Esenia Fetidas (aka red wrigglers or red tigers). Shade and maintaining a moist worm blanket are helpful. I would also make sure the soil of the raised garden bed is moist if the Subpod is ...
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 ...
Do I need to place the Subpod in sunlight or can it be placed in a shaded area?
The Subpod will be fine in a shaded area, you will just need to choose plants that are suitable for shady conditions. If the Subpod is in a sunny position you will need to choose plants that like the sun :) If your area has hot summers, placing your ...
How to make a wooden seat / timber lid for your subpod?
Our Subpod doesn’t come with a wooden seat, you can, however, create a timber lid of your own for your Subpod. Here’s a video on how to make one at home :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7h3sTNqfK4 Here is the Subpod wooden lid template: ...
Does the Subpod come with the wooden slatted seat?
The Subpod will not come with the wooden seat that is seen in some of the photographs or videos, but it will come with a built-in seat that can hold up to 200 kilograms//440.93 pounds. This is how the Subpod seat will look: Subpod Grow Subpod ...