Good Questions: More on Maggots and Compost

Good Questions: More on Maggots and Compost

Stephanie Kinnear
Oct 31, 2008

On Wednesday, Emily's question on maggots in her kitchen scraps set off quite the compost conversation. It also raised a couple more questions that need answers. We're posting them below the jump to keep the conversation moving and to satisfy some curious minds.

The first question is from 19xjkx70:
I am interested in one of these kitchen pails too, but I didn't think I could handle the "sludge" inside, so I was going to use a Biobag to line it and then toss the whole thing in with my lawn clipping recycle bin. I read about doing this in an article somewhere. Does this sound ok?

What do you think about Biobags in the compost heap? We hear they're 100% compostable -- can anyone confirm from experience?

And, from digger61:
Adding dry vegetation sources will help & is best for the compost. But some of us are limited in getting a hold of sawdust or dry leaves.

I live in an apartment complex that has almost no dry material (tree leaves) around. So, I gather fallen dry leaves from closeby public places. I also ask the landscape workers at my jobplace for some of the leaves that they gather up in bags & I bring those home in a bag. I'm curious as to how others handle this kind of situation.

How do you keep your compost nice and dry? Some mentioned newspaper ... anything else?

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