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Maggots in your Compost?

Maggots in your Compost? 0

Maggot problems in your compost ?
Especially during the warmer months of February,March and April ?
By Rini Varghese
Maggots are tiny larvae of fruit-flies/ soldier flies which multiply rapidly when the temperature and moisture content in your compost pile is high.
They are harmless and thrive well in nitrogen rich compost. They even help in composting by breaking down the organic matter.
How do you tackle it?
1.Add more browns to your compost pile eg dry leaves, dried flowers, vegetables.
2.Add more microbial compost maker powder to the composter to maintain ambient moisture.Cover the kitchen waste completely with compost maker powder.
3.Keep the compost pile fluffy, the better the aeration, the lesser are chances of maggots for crawling out. 
Most importantly, maggots are harmless and they help speed up the composting process, so fret not !
Have a happy composting experience!
Dr Shanti - The Green Warrior

Dr Shanti - The Green Warrior 0

“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring


I first met Dr Shanthi in 2012, an year after I had become an SWM volunteer. Thanks to our common SWM friend Lalitha, Dr Shanti came to help us, do a door to door campaign in Harlur village, a border zone between her ward and ours. After that I heard of stories about the trouble she faced with elected representatives in her ward but still she didn't give up. She did give up her Dentistry practice so she could focus on waste more, inspiring me and few others to do the same. She refused to stand in elections but supported a social activist and hence got many of us to come and campaign in her ward. She persisted and over the years from elected representatives ,government officials to waste contractors all became her allies.

Today HSR must be the only ward in the country that has highest segregation level and highest amount of waste being processed . In this time, I transformed from a community SWM volunteer, to a volunteer that has spread the message of in multiple states. She was part of Smita and my trio who led plastic ban across the city- her focus primarily stayed on her ward and street vendors to eateries all comply with the ban. Given that she is 7 star volunteer as compared to my 2 star, I found it really frustrating that her 80% of focus just stayed her in her ward and constituency. And then I heard Anna Hazare today and suddenly it dawned on me that a man could stay in a village and still lead anti corruption movement for the country. He had to make his village a model village. Dr Shanthi is making her HSR the a model ward for waste management.

Every campaign - 2bin1bag, swachagraha, plastic ban, rent a cutlery, eco friendly ganesha, green the red and now natural cleaners - HSR ward citizens lead it with gusto. If you are in Bengaluru, do visit Swachagragha Kalike Kendra - her dream project -where home to community - all solutions are showcased. May this ward show the light to the world how waste should be managed! And like Anna, may this Akka be recognised by the country too.

Review of our Community Composter Aaditi by Savita Hiremath

Review of our Community Composter Aaditi by Savita Hiremath 0

Savita Hiremath is a green warrior-cum-journalist who is fighting the demons of 24-hr composting machines. Very happy to share her views on our community composting solution - Aaditi.