Turn all of your food waste into something valuable!
Bokashi is an anaerobic process that relies on Effective Microorganizims (EM) specifically developed for turning food waste into compost. Inoculated bran is primarilily used to ferment kitchen waste, including meat and dairy, into a safe soil builder and nutrient-rich tea for your garden.
6 BENEFITS OF BOKASHI
1. Contains odours
You probably don’t want to dig a hole and bury waste every day; waste collected in an open container can start to rot and become smelly if your green to brown ratio isn’t correct or if you are adding meat and dairy. The bokashi bucket has an airtight lid so there are no smells and it won’t attract any insects. Adding the bokashi microbe mix to the waste ensures that it ferments rather than rots. Waste can be collected in this way for weeks or months and is available to bury at a time that’s convenient for you. Once buried in the garden the smell of fermented waste is not as attractive to rodents and dogs as fresh waste would be, meaning it will stay in the ground.
2. Quick & Easy
Some forms of composting require long and complicated processes, involving the right mix of brown and green waste, aeration and moisture. In ground composting with bokashi on the other hand is very simple - waste is added to the bokashi bucket, bokashi mix is sprinkled on top and then once fermented the contents of the bucket are buried in the garden. From the moment the bokashi waste is buried the soil and plants are reaping the many benefits of the abundant nutrients and microbes that are produced, whereas with above ground composting it can take many months until the compost is ready to add to the garden.
3. Improves the soil
Unless your soil is extremely healthy, full of microbes and earthworms, waste buried on it’s own may take many months to break down, especially if the soil is clay-based. When bokashi waste is buried, along with the carbon and nutrients produced by the fermentation process you are also adding Bokashi mix which is full of millions of beneficial micro-organisms. These microbes significantly accelerate the breakdown of the waste. This method improves soil structure, increasing the soil's ability to retain water and vital nutrients, stabilises pH levels, suppresses plant disease, promotes earthworms and can even help break up clay-based soils.
4. Handles larger quantities
Inground composting requires empty space in your garden so holes or trenches can be dug to bury the waste. This can be challenging with inner city homes or even large gardens that are very full. By fermenting your waste with Bokashi before burying it the volume of the waste is significantly reduced. As waste ferments in the bokashi bucket, the water content of the waste drains through a grate into a catchment at the bottom of the bucket and the waste can be compacted down. This process can reduce the volume of the waste by more than 50%.
5. Saves money
Using bokashi in your garden reduces the need to purchase fertiliser and pesticides, significantly reducing your gardening expenses.
6. Compost. Every. Thing.
Last but not least, Bokashi composting allows you to compost meat, fish, bones, dairy, cooked or raw left overs, and all your organic waste.
Inground composting with bokashi provides a fantastic way to deal with your organic waste (both food scraps and pet waste) and anyone can do it.
Bokashi composting works well small scale or large.