DIY no flies compost the easy way

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My first attempt with making compost was with vermicomposting. Vermicomposting means using red warms to digest your kitchen scraps.

The "Warm box" is a great idea, enabling the warms to migrate to the to the newest food source when all scraps on the bottom tray are digested.

The warm box: http://www.createcompost.com/information.php

Purchasing a small number of red warms, I had too much kitchen scraps for the warms to digest efficiently. A lot more warms were needed for that. 

More than that, since I leave in the country, I have a backyard with a garden and alot of garden waste I could compost as well. Because of that I decided to have a composter in my backyard. 

Why buy more plastic? being a huge believer of recycling and sustainability, I should better use some used large container for that. It is also cheaper.

 I got hold of an old large plastic barrel.  Firstly I drilled some holes in the bottom of it for extra liquid to drain. 

At that time I believed I had to mix the compost every few days. Not having much physical strength I had difficulty handling it. Also, the extra liquids did not all drain as expected.

Going on to yet another method, creating a compost pile in my backyard with mixing on

Since I wasn't able to keep the correct ratio between "greens" (moist vegetables kitchen waste) and "browns" (mostly dry leaves), one part green to about 30 parts browns, the pile had a bad smell and many maggots.... It became impossible to spend time in our yard without having houseflies bothering you. The neighbors also suffered from that ( did not tell them why..).

Then I read somewhere, I could make a compost pile in layers, not having to mix it and the flies wouldn't multiply there.

So, now I do that: 

1. I dig a small hole on the top of the file.

2. I put in it the green kitchen waste.

3. I cover with some soil, or if I don't have a hip of that laying around, I take some material from a near older compost pile.

4. I cover it all with "browns" dry leaves and small branches.

5. To minimize dehydration I cover the pile with old blankets. This is not very esthetic, so you better cover the pile with some soil.

6. Occasionally I create holes for air in the pile, using an old wood broomstick.

I do have fruit flies hovering over the pile, but not the house fly large maggots I used to see. My back yard is back to normal.

Not mixing the pile and not keeping the right ratio of "greens" and "browns", makes the composting process slower. I'm not in a hurry, every 6 months or so I still get some planting soil and I feel good about giving nutrients back to the ground.

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https://www.thespruce.com/home-composting-methods-2539504

 

 

 

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