Flies on balcony box

brendan.hillFebruary 23, 2013

Hi,

Can you help me solve a fly infestation? Unfortunately if I can't get rid of the flies then I don't think I can keep a veggie patch on the balcony.

I recently started a small herb garden in one of these self watering containers:

http://www.bunnings.com.au/products_product_decor-terracotta-oblong-sorrento-self-watering-plastic-pot_P2940269.aspx?filter=categoryname--Garden+Pots

I water it daily from the top, and the bottom hadn't overflowed. I've used some potting mix + compost made from a Bokashi composter (doesn't fully compost, but breaks it down & ferments):

http://www.bokashi.com.au/bokashi-one-composting/bokashi-one-composting/

I've been watering the plants using the Bokashi "juice" (diluted 1:100) as recommended.

Problem is, the last few days flies have accumulated around the pot (see attached photo or click link):

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151534606719810&set=a.10150343542304810.406454.769989809&type=1&theater

The photo's a bit rubbish but there are heaps of flie scrawling all over it, and if I lift it up there are a bunch underneath.

I think the Bokashi juice is suspect because it's started to smell pretty putrid, which doesn't seem right & isn't how i used to smell.

Any ideas about what caused the flies to infest & what to do about it??

-Brendan

Here is a link that might be useful: photo of flies

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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

I think there is no doubt your compost is attracting flies. I would contact the supplier and ask, what am I doing wrong, to cause this problem. Al

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 10:11AM
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