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Crinum Bulbs. 3.16.18
homemade compost sifter. I use a dustpan with a solid edge to move the compost back and forth. It isn't hard to do, and with a little practice, it becomes a meditation experience. I sift over my wheelbarrow and move the sifted compost to my garden. Mine looks a little like this and I have used it for 40 years.
Homemade compost sifter
Instructions for constructing one:
Trommel Compost Sifter by SteveGerber
DIY Compost Sifter
Here are a bunch of ideas:
Google Compost Sifter
Another reason I don't compost, is because of my limited growing space. When I bury organic matter, I can grow things on top of it.
I'm wondering if that's why my yellow crookneck squash is so huge. Much larger than I've ever seen before. 4 foot high, 4 foot wide, and some of the leaves are 16 by 19 inches. I planted it on an area where I had buried a huge amount of organic matter.
I read quite a bit about composting. Then just put all my organic throwaway 'stuff' in pile, and water when I think about it. Nature has a way of helping incompetents like me! Surprised the heck out of me to see the dark rich soil appear like magic.
Chris, as the xtians say - 'its a mystery!'. I find that to be true of both fruit flies and regular flies. One day they are not there and the next there are tons! Where do they come from?
I never did have a standard compost pile. From what I read, it was incompatible with my lazy nature. I mostly do anaerobic (or partly anaerobic) composting. I just bury the stuff, and let nature do her thing.
Well, I'm not so much lazy, as I just have too many things I want to do, and composting is way down the list.
Speaking of compost: I worked at my two piles yesterday. Had to remove the top layers to shovel out the composted bottom section. Then, return the "green" matter to the bottom. It takes a couple of years to rot. Seldom does my pile ever get hot--the stars have to be aligned just right! Patience is the word.
Animals always remind me how poor our senses are: I cleaned my kitchen quite thoroughly, packed the fruit and veg in plastic, left no washing up undone --- and after that I find a summit meeting of fruit flies in my blender, they seemed to think it was full of interest even after I cleaned the thing with very hot water. I couldn't see or smell anything!
Randall, I feel the same way and since most things are gasping from the heat I've put them out of their misery - and into compost pile.
My garden is so embarrassing to look at. I'm ashamed of the weeds. Once vegetables begin to spread out, especially the viney ones (sweet potatoes, cukes, squash, etc.), there's just no way to keep it weed free.
This is the time of year when I'm almost ready to "plow it all under", just to clean it up. Sweet corn is almost done, however. I'll soon be able to clean one-sixth of the garden.
Thank you all for the tried & true methods of reducing the number of fruit flies. I've saved your methods to use when my kitchen becomes inundated again.
Chris, I am so glad you found ways to capture the devils. I use an old glass with apple cider vinegar in it and catch enough to turn the juice black. So, the old-fashioned ways of my grandmother work better than these new fangled, expensive ones.
I use a fly strip over my compost pile outside. It gets full in the course of a summer.
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