They’re unwritten rules: craftsmen buy Milwaukee tools, pro golfers use Cobra drivers and good gardeners compost. Now, for the truly serious gardener, there’s the BioPod Plus, a grub composter that does for protein-laced table scraps what worm composting does for prunings, cuttings, garden trimmings and leaves.
The BioPod Plus is much smaller than your average compost pile. At about 2 feet long, 15 inches wide and 16 inches deep, it also looks to be easier to work with than the average compost pile, which usually requires a pitchfork, a shovel and Arnold Schwarzenegger-type muscles. Not so the BioPod Plus, which is so ergonomically designed the average grade-schooler could probably use it. And not only does it have hinges on the main lid, which operates via a front lever-handle, but the convenience lid pivots so that you can dump food scraps in while protecting the top ventilation portal – a fitted, screen-like device which is vital to egg laying.
Two angled migration ramps along the sides leading to the harvest bucket (where the final product is located) allow for movement of grubs. The bucket itself auto-separates the grubs from the product. A ventilation port, separate from the portal, provides for improved ventilation which insures that the aerobic conditions of the harvester are kept intact, and a drainage plate allows accumulated liquids to flow into the collection area where they belong. Each BioPod can digest up to 5 pounds of food waste per day.
The BioPod Plus says it will do what a worm composter can’t: take all manner of food waste and convert it into a valuable, oil-rich food source for pond-raised fish, songbirds, even chickens. In fact, the final product is said to be so well processed that it can be added to a worm compost to further enrich green waste, and the compact size, sturdy construction, elegant design and faux stone color and finish means the BioPod plus will blend into your garden. Finally, a new BioPod feature, a top barrier lip all the way around, prevents grubs escaping and provides additional egg-laying surfaces. Larger than the Gaia composter we featured last year, and thus perhaps more useful, the BioPod has another advantage to neatnik housekeepers: it doesn’t live in the kitchen! (Ick! Would you keep your trash bin in the living room?)