Iâ€™m very new at organic gardening. I read information for approximately 1 year before I attempted to start. However, on March 31, 2008 I started for very first compost pile (or in my case compost box). I purchased a 55 gallon plastic trash canister from Wal-Mart. I started with put approx. 25% grass clippings; rain water; 10% weeds; 10% old molded bread; 20% old fruit and vegetables; 5% Chihuahua pooh-poo. Now the problem. At first it had a foul, stinky odor that was so bad my children threatened to leave home. Let me mention that it is outside in my back yard. 1 week ago in added Â½ cup of dry molasses. Now it does not smell as bad; but now, it is full of maggots. Yes fly-maggots. Have I created some monstrosity? Will the compost-police come and get me? Will I be banded from composting for life?
Prior to the maggots, I had notice that every fly in DeSoto had taken residence in my backyard lurking around my compost canister. At first I had the top off because I read that it is supposed to get lots of air. Then after the flies I put the top on for two days. Now it is full of fly-maggots. What should I do now? It this stuff supposed to do this? Should I dump it somewhere and never start over? HELP.