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An Experiment in Urban Sustainability
An Experiment in Urban Sustainability
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Commenced:
01/10/2010
Submitted:
13/11/2011
Last updated:
06/06/2021
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1029 SHADY LANE, WESTLAKE , LOUISIANA, US
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Sub tropical





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Compost/Maggot Juice/Bird Feeder

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Posted by GARY RICHARDSON over 10 years ago

Creating natural liquid fertilizer/Compost from kitchen scraps and bird droppings while supporting your local bird species.

I don't know if anyone else is doing this, but here goes. Bottom 5gal bucket holds the liquid. Put hole in bucket lid. drill hole in bottom of different 5gal bucket. place this on collector bucket. place old screen (anything that strains) into 2nd buckets bottom. Place dark planter (gets hotter) into 2nd bucket with screened bottom. Put shallow planter inside dark planter (make sure this one has holes), place small dish in top tray with bird feed.

Here's how it works. Place feed into tray on top. Bird lands inn tray and eats food along with whatever flies fly up. Before flying off bird makes deposit into tray (this washes down w/ rainwater), place food scraps (i use a little meat to draw in the flies) into dark planter. Maggots will decompose the matter quickly with little to no smell. As the maggot is in a warm moist environment they can't dry out and become a fly. Harvest these for chook treat's. When planter is near full of scrap empty it into the 5gal and start over. If 5gal gets full add that too your garden. Bottom 5gal fills with mixture of rain, bird dropping, compost maggot juice.

I was thinking of placing one of these in every swale. With a couple of holes punched into the bottom bucket where when the swale fills the juice will be automatically released. Self Fertilizing so to speak. No maintenance except adding scraps.

 

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Mark Brown
Mark Brown : I would like to offer you an encouragement award for right thinking - now make it look pretty and in a choice of colors and it will be ready for market.
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GARY RICHARDSON
GARY RICHARDSON : lol, thx. Color choice is still currently pending. I was thinking a bright yellow or such from the middle of the planter on up and just scrubbing the 5gals smooth. The simulated flower should grab local bird attn as well.
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