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Post  steelrfan57 on 6/7/2012, 11:02 am

I just bought some black hen compost, and a little rain got in it, so i closed it up, and when i opened it there were flies in it and little fly worms, what do i do with this compost, I hate getting ride of this compost, it we not cheap? Thank you! pale No

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Re: flies in black hen compost

Post  llama momma on 6/7/2012, 11:18 am

It's OK! The natural life cycle. Go ahead and use it without worry. They'll fly away.

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Post  steelrfan57 on 6/7/2012, 11:27 am

what is the best way to store this compost, it is somewhat moist and and in clumps and some of it is dry. I bought some plastic totes to put it in, is this ok. Thanks for your reply llama momma Smile Very Happy

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Post  llama momma on 6/7/2012, 11:55 am

Your welcome. Totes are fine, I save big yellow containers of kitty litter to store my homemade compost in the garage or shed. In Mel's book I believe he mentions saving compost in large plastic bags. So you could store it in used mulch bags and any other store bought used compost bags, etc. And yes, moist is good, helps preserve the life of the biologicals in there. Here is another experience, I opened up a bag of 1 year old Scotts lightweight soil mix to use for flowers in my window boxes. It was stored in the garage and to my surprise it still had loads of red worms in it. Later I'll find out how the microscopic good guys do, since I just put up window boxes yesterday. But already the flowers look 100% better. At least for the short term all seems fine.

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Post  steelrfan57 on 6/7/2012, 12:17 pm

Thanks for the info llama momma!!! Wink

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5 composts??

Post  steelrfan57 on 6/7/2012, 12:20 pm

I am new to this site and new to sfg, what are the 5 different compost mixes that Mel uses in the mix, I am having problems finding some, I have black cow, black hen, mushroom, having problems withe others, what are they and where can i find them????Thanks for any infor!!! :scratch:

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Re: flies in black hen compost

Post  walshevak on 6/7/2012, 1:01 pm

Steelrfan57

Over in the Wilmington area I found a compost called Dr. Campbells at the Farmers Supply. Also Moo-nure from either Lowes or Home Depot. I thought I saw one by Scotts that was humus and turkey litter. Worm castings are available at an organic place that specializes in Hydroponics. See if there is such a place in your area. Go out into the woods and dig down under some hardwood trees. The leafmold below the leaves and above the hard dirt is a natural good compost. Do you have turkey farms in your area. If so, see if they have a pile of shed cleanings. (this might need further composting, but could be a great start for your own compost pile.)
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