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Mate and I (mostly my mate) whipped this up on Saturday out of discarded pallets and some weed matting to prevent the doggo getting too keen. Excited to start using it once I hook in a lid!

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Comment by Sid Saghe on October 31, 2019 at 13:11

Oooh that's a good idea Lily, I might give that a go. We're going to modify the design a bit to make it easier for me to sift everything from one bay to the next to help get really good turning. The flies seem to have really settled down since I threw in several newspapers worth of torn paper thankfully but I would like to avoid further adventures!

Comment by Lily on October 29, 2019 at 12:52

You could try adding biochar (or a couple of bags of horticultural charcoal from bunnings) into the mix for an instant carbon infusion. It should also dry it out a bit and absorb some of the smell, and should do great things for the quality of your compost.

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on October 29, 2019 at 4:59

The fish if you can separate how about using for fertilizer there is a video on YouTube where fish is put below seedlings with a handful of lime   to stop the smell and stop animals from digging up.

Comment by Christa on October 28, 2019 at 18:58

If you had a post hole digger, you could dig deep holes in the bottom of the bins in the dirt and put the fish etc in the bottom and cover maybe but a heavy bucket or bin of it so it doesn't get dug up by dogs or cats etc. You could then cover with greens and browns.  

We have just bought a petrol driven 300m post hole digger as we want to start putting some plants in the ground and I hope to throw some good compost stuff in the bottom of the holes. 

Good luck with your new compost bins. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 28, 2019 at 14:44
If they are soldier flies (black larva) then just turn the pile daily. Once you get a balanced bacterial mix, it will manage much better and faster. If it's smelly, the more often you turn it the better.
Comment by Sid Saghe on October 28, 2019 at 14:29

Hi Jeff, yes I am aware of fire risk, and thank for for the information on rats but this does not answer my actual question.

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on October 28, 2019 at 9:53

Have you looked at the fire risk there was a post on Facebook about a compost setup like this catching fire.

If have food scraps going to feed rats if they can get at the scraps and when they get a constant source of food the population explodes quickly.

Comment by Sid Saghe on October 28, 2019 at 8:33

Soooo I may have gotten a little overenthusiastic and accepted a ton of scraps from a local person including fish scraps (good for the garden, I figure, what could go wrong!) who turned out to run a cafe of some kind - so it was a LOT more scraps than I anticipated. As a result I didn't have the right browns mix, and before I could get more the flies moved in and now the side of my house is like the Amityville Horror. 

I've scrambled a bunch of newspapers and promises of more from mum, so I'm semi confident I'll be able to address the imbalance, but in the meantime aside from turning the pile daily is there anything I can do to try and manage the fly fall out? I don't want to get the neighbours offside!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 1, 2019 at 18:53

Nicely done Sid! 

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on September 30, 2019 at 18:37

Be careful that the composting does not get too hot Excessive temperatures in compost can cause a spontaneous combustion, but this is very rare even among over-heated compost piles.

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