Why is my compost not breaking down?

When I first got a compost tumbler I checked on it every single day. Sometimes multiple times per day. It didn’t take long until I came to the conclusion that composting is just like baking cookies: nothing happens while you’re watching. However, if your compost isn’t breaking down (or isn’t breaking down as fast as … Read more

Dealing with maggots in your compost: Are they good or bad?

Maggots are disgusting. They exist in the filthiest places, feast on dead and rotting flesh (mostly corpses), and carry disease and death everywhere they go. At least that’s the view that every city-dwelling American seems to have. In many cultures maggots are far from something to be disgusted by. In fact, many places have survived … Read more