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Composting for Beginners

Thank you to Subpod for gifting me all the items to get started on my composting journey. This post is not sponsored by Subpod and all opinions of their products are my own.

I am by no means an expert gardener. It's one of my hobbies that I've found has a serious positive impact on my mental health. I get to be outside in the sunshine, caring for beautiful plants that produce food for my family or add visual beauty to our yard.

I am also not an expert in sustainability or planet conservation, but through education and curiosity (and common sense) I try to implement gentle, sustainable practices to my life.

I've been super interested in composting for a couple years now. We eat so many veggies and it would break my heart every time the scraps ended up in the garbage can.

Did you know it can take up to 20 years in a landfill for a single head of lettuce to decompose?

After finding Subpod via an Instagram ad and doing research on my own, I felt like this was the perfect way to begin my composting journey.

What Is the Subpod and How Does It Work?

A simple, underground composting system for even the most novice gardeners/composters, Subpod has created a truly special line of products that allows for a foul-proof way to divert your kitchen waste into rich soil via hard working worms.

Subpod Quick Facts:

  • 2 different sizes of composters are available depending on how much space you have
  • all composting is done underground which means there is no smell at all
  • helpful charts and an online course teaches you what and how to compost
  • does not come with worms, but you can buy them easily online
  • super simple to set up and get started
  • they offer accessories to make composting even easier like a kitchen compost bucket

Subpod offers different sizes of composting systems, even one for an apartment balcony so you don't need a backyard to make compost! I have the Subpod Grow Bundle which includes a Subpod, a Grow Garden Bed, an Aerator and 2 worm blankets. But if you don't have that much space, or a raised bed that the Subpod can sink into already you can get the Subpod Mini which is half the size.

So the quick answer to how to works is really simple: worms and microbes eat your food scraps, paper, cardboard, any organic matter actually. Up to 44 pounds of it per week. That is then turned into nutrient-rich soil that can be added to anything you grow in your yard – from your gardens to flower pots.

What makes the Subpod unique is that this process is done underground so the insulation of the soil keeps the worms protected from temperature fluctuations which allows them to thrive, reproduce and compost faster. It also keeps the compost matter from smelling – something I can vouch for! After a few weeks of my worms going to town on food scraps it doesn't smell at all.

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What Can I Compost?

Printed on the lid of every Subpod is a really handy chart on what to compost and even how to stagger what you compost. I think it'll take me a while to get in the habit of not throwing out my scraps, but thus far I've been consistently composting:

  • egg shells
  • coffee grounds and coffee filter
  • tops/bad spots from produce
  • peels (like a banana)
  • grass clippings
  • shredded paper
  • cardboard (shredded)
  • stems and stalks from foliage around the yard
  • thinned out produce growing in the garden
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The Benefits of Composting

Reducing food waste is one of the most beneficial things we can do to help promote a healthy and stable planet. Composting is a system that is cleaner than electric cars and greener than solar power. When we turn our food scraps into compost and pour that decomposed matter back into the ground we completely cut out all the CO2 that the food creates and revitalizes the soil for more things to grow.

Also, if you're an avid gardener you know how expensive organic, quality compost can be. So, if you have the opportunity to compost food and turn that into your own compost, you will save money year over year while continuing to increase the carbon density and healthy microorganisms in your growing soil.

And if you can do that all with a process that takes 5 minutes a week, isn't smelly and doesn't attract pests, it's all the more reason to get your own Subpod.

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Compost Caddy

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The Subpod website has everything you could need to be a successful composter including a very attractive kitchen compost caddy.

Available in Charcoal, White, and Stainless Steel, it's the perfect way to store your food scraps throughout the week.

I've been using mine for about 3 weeks now and thanks to the quality stainless steel and dishwasher safe design I haven't smelled it once! Plus it holds 5L so I can keep track of how much I'm composting each week.

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Gardeners Waxed Organic Canvas Waist Apron

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Unless it's raining, come mid-March I'm out working on my garden every day - more for my own sake than the gardens. But I've been wearing the Subpod Waist Apron to garden and it's so easy to have everything I need from seed packets to my Hori Hori tool right at my fingertips.

It's also a really quality piece with an exceptional design so I'll be able to use it year over year of gardening.

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Other Helpful Tools and Accessories from Subpod

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