Or does someone have a trick up their sleeves in keeping lids on while rolling "regular" garbage cans? I figured you all would know, if anyone would. I have a feeling I'll have a better chance of rolling the compost to be, than I will turning it weekly.
The other thing... I've got flies, flies & more flies around the compost pile. Is this normal? If not, is it good? If not, what to do to rid our compost piles of these little maggot-laying bugs?
Nu Skew ~ People use different ratios most people use ... 25 green to 75 Brown
while others use 30 green to 70 brown
IF you have flies and gnats you have too much green you need to put more brown( leaves, shredded newspaper( NOT glossey ads) Paper towels( NOT printed colored ones) shredded envelopes.
I also Use a 55 gallon Rubbermaid Trashcan on wheel that has a lid, and Like Jiffy said above I poked holes in the sides and Bottom so it can "Breath" and then set it up on bricks so air can flow under it as well.. I also Buy a cubic foot of Packed peatmoss and throw some in everytime I put a lot of Kitchen waste in there!, Don't forget your coffegrinds and eggshell!! I bag up leaves every fall so I can be sure to have some for the summer to add,,
Any way using the Trashcan can be a bit tricky to turn the compost when it need done . When it gets half full IT becomes a bit of a challange and a bit heavy But I just shovel out some into a wheelbarrow so I can turn the bottom then put back in what I took out as that is already turned and add some more the next time I turn is about 8-9 days later and I take it all out and turn it! when it gets 2/3 full I start another Trashcan,, So I always have two going.. Using this method I have found I can have great compost in 6 -8 weeks , I went to a resturant supply store and Bought a deep fryer Round basket that I use to sift it with right into the wheel barrow ( saving all the larger "clumps " to be the start of another compost pile. . This method works for me, Being in TX and the weather temps Decent most of the years the compost 'Cooks" fairly quickly here. I experimented with a regular rubbermaid tub with a lid this past winter to see what would happen , I filled it with 25 green to 75 brown + some coconut fiber I had and some peat moss and only turn it twice and then just let it sit for 3 months! man That was the richest darkest compost too!! BUt this tub was light enought for me to carry so that says is wasn't alot maybe 20 lbs or so BUT still Now I know I can do that when I get older
I can still compost with no help!!
I hope this has helped you in some way,,
I was afraid of rodents BUt It never happened,, Just remember When you see lots of gnats and flies there is not enough Brown for the the amount of Green you have!! Oh A Hint I would Pour Dwights Unfinished Beers in there too , and my tea, and coffee . Layer the green THEN the brown on top wait a couple of days maybe two then turn it and let it sit untill you decide you want to turn again/