Flies on balcony box
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:
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):
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):
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??
Here is a link that might be useful: photo of flies