I am new to composting and started my first pile a few weeks ago. I've only put the following things in the pile:
- Yard waste - grass clippings from mowing, clippings from my garden, clippings from trimmed bushes, pulled-up weeds, dead leaves on the ground, etc.
- Paper products - cardboard, shredded paper, etc.
- Kitchen scraps - here I have been very selective, just egg shells and vegetables (like if excess lettuce goes bad before we get to it)
The pile is going ok - it's definitely still very "chunky" compared to the ones I see professionals do on YouTube videos - but there is definitely decay and things are breaking down.
What I am finding, though, is that my pile seems to be attracting swarms of these gnats or little flies. They look a bit like fruit flies, but I've been careful not to put any fruit in the compost pile. Fortunately, the compost pile is in the back corner of my yard, so the flies aren't coming in the house or anything, but whenever I walk to the pile to put something in dozens of little gnats come flying up in the air right when I get there.
My question: is this common? Or am I putting something "wrong" in the pile? These gnats/flies are no where else in my yard.