Back in May, I promised you an update on how my trials with bokashi were working out. Bokashi is a Japanese composting method that sort of pickles your food scraps (see my earlier post: Bokashi – A Japanese Health Spa for Plants)
Well, the results are in and …
THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!!!
For the life of me, I can’t figure out why bokashi is not referred to more in gardening magazines. It requires almost no maintenance, which means that its significantly easier than a worm farm or a compost heap. It takes all kinds of scraps, including citrus, onion, bones and even small amounts of meat! When its full, you just dump it in a hole and let it do its thing. I planted a tree on top of the area where I put my first bin full of bokashi and it is loving it! Its still winter, but its top with lots of fresh, red, new growth.
The best part about bokashi however I think is this. The one thing that stops most people from saving their food scraps and putting them back into the garden as compost is the storage and resulting smell. You invariably need a little bin in the kitchen that goes mouldy and smelly within a day or two and needs to be emptied, either onto a compost heap (if you have enough compost to make it work) or more commonly into the regular bin when its all too hard. But with a bokashi bin, you have an airtight bin almost the size of your regular bins, fill it up as quickly or slowly as you need to over weeks or even months, and IT DOESN’T SMELL!!! There’s a light grainy smell, but that’s it. Can you imagine what the regular garbage bin would smell like if you left it inside for 2 months? I went overseas and came home on the same bin, and it was still fine.
Have a look at this soil. I don’t think it comes across as well in the photograph, but its now rich, moist and full of broken down organic matter where once this soil was bone dry and impoverished. I used it on my worst patch of dusty dirt. The only remnant I could find that there were once full sized food scraps was this mostly decomposed corn cob – not surprisingly, corn takes the longest time to break down.
For all of you that want to compost your kitchen scraps and aren’t sure how or don’t have enough to make a compost heap, you should definitely try bokashi. Its very easy and you get some great results. I’m a convert.
Thank you so much to Flo at Intemperate Edibles – I would never have known about this without your advice and guidance on how to set it up myself.