So I found my composter teeming with grubs. Did some googling, and determined that it's most likely Black Soldier Fly larva (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermetia_illucens), and turns out they reduce waste rather quickly and with only the smell of wet straw. I decided to see if there's any truth to this.

I threw in an over ripe peach right after lunch today with my coffee grounds from this morning's coffee. It's now about 2 hours later and the peach is gone, the coffee is nearly gone. I stuck my head down in the bin and took a whiff, preparing myself to gag. But wow, Google's correct, smells like wet hay. I've been dumping equal parts of dry leaves and kitchen scraps (plant based only) into this bin for a month now. It was almost full a week ago, and is not only 1/4 full. So something has been going on.

Next step, getting more brave, I just dumped a huge bowl of left over chicken that's been in the fridge way too long. I'll spare you the photos, it's revolting to look at. But I hope to report that my new grub friends will have converted all that chicken to compost by dinner time tonight.


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2010-06-16

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