Useful practical Bokashi composting facts

It feels good to know that you are reducing waste and doing something good to the environment we all live in. Today I want to share with you some of the facts that I learnt about Bokashi composting that I didn’t know until I do it.

1. Size of food

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Food turns into compost really quickly with Bokashi composting method. But if you cut the food smaller, this will turn into earth even more quicker. I am a really busy mum so I only chop the food finely like the above image every now and then. You will still succeed in Bokashi but it takes a bit longer to turn them into soil.

When the soil is dry and you bury the fermented food deep enough, within 3-4 weeks the food has turned into soil.

2. Seal, seal, seal

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All the info I read about Bokashi composting claims that it does not attract flies. It is true but not true at the same time. If you have any small gap or if your tap is not properly fixed, the small flies will get in. It’s so important to seal the lid. The smell of the sweet fermentation will attract flies but as long as the food is tightly sealed then it’s ok.

3. Tap

Make sure the Bokashi bin tap is properly fixed. Test it thrice before putting the food in. The last thing you want is the tap falling apart when there are lots of fermented food inside. It’s not the end of the world but makes it inconvenient to drain the Bokashi tea and increases the risk of flies getting in.

5. Bury in the dry soil

When the fermented food is buried in the soil that is relatively dry (image above left), it turns into the soil quickly and successfully (image above right – you can see the fermented food turns into ash). When the soil is wet I noticed the fermented food had gone a bit mushy and took longer to turn into the soil.

4. Using fermented food for the small scale soil generator is not for me

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I tried to make compost by burying the fermented food into a medium bucket. But such small scale container does not allow sufficient anaerobic condition for successful decomposition. Furthermore, as the fermented food is not buried deep enough, this facilitate small fly eggs to hatch and  you won’t like it. So for me, fermented Bokashi food will only go into deep underground outside.

Composting conditions vary places to place so it’s important to keep doing it and fine tune till you find the right equilibrium!

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