The Green cone is fuss free and you won’t have any problems with smells, pests or other problems if it is properly buried, has sun, drainage and a balanced diet. In case things don’t go to plan, here’s a guide on how to fix them.
If your cone is filling too fast it usually means you are overloading it with food. This can happen if you add too much of one type of food, especially slow to compost varieties, such as corn husks. Overfeeding doesn’t allow space for the contents to break down.
Decomposition can also become sluggish if your cone is:
- Set up in a dark, shady area;
- The soil is chalky or clay based or doesn’t drain well;
- The black basket is below the water table or in an area where water collects.
In a healthy working Green Cone your food waste will be covered in a blue/gray fur. This shows that the bacteria is doing its job. If you don’t see bacteria, never fear because this is not an essential part of the decomposition process.
The Green Cone has a hinged lid that seals in the air. If it’s set up in the right way it should not smell.
Like all composters, in the wrong conditions the contents can become smelly, wet and slimy. Bad drainage or heavy rain are often the cause, leaving the waste to fester in water instead of seeping into the surrounding soil.
If the contents of your cone start to smell, look wet and slimy, and show no signs of drying out, find a warm, dry, well-drained area to relocate your cone.
This sealed unit shouldn’t attract fruit flies, unless their eggs travel in on fruit skins that hatch inside the Green Cone. But life is an ecosystem after all, and the good news is that they will help digest food waste faster!
If food or food waste is not kept covered before going into the Green Cone, houseflies may lay eggs before the food reaches the unit. It’s important to always keep your Green Cone lid closed.
With the right set up your Green Cone will not create any smells that could attract vermin. Proper coverage (the top of the black basket and the bottom lip of the outer cone below ground level), will filter out any odours that could attract vermin into the surrounding soil.
It’s a good idea to use a kitchen caddy with a sealed lid to keep your scraps in before adding them to your Green Cone. You can also freeze food scraps before adding them. Both methods will lower the risk of flies getting into the cone.
WARNING: Never use a chemical pest spray inside the cone because it will kill the beneficial bacteria and potentially poison the soil.
Try not to spill food near the Green Cone as this could attract rodents and other animals. If you typically get rats in your area they may discover your Green Cone despite your best efforts. If this happens (or you want to be sure it doesn’t!) you can add chicken wire around the black basket to prevent rats from digging under and gnawing through into the food basket.
Did you know?
The Green Cone is made in Canada and is designed to be bear resistant. By keeping the lid closed tight you can deter bandicoots, possums, rodents and curious dogs.