You may have heard about Bokashi Buckets but have no idea what they are about? Here is our low down on the indoor composting system.
To keep things honest around here, I actually do not own a bokashi bin, but desperately want one. I am using worms for my composting at present (I love those little guys!) but since my worms are not fond of citrus, eggs shells or meat scraps I am now looking for a new system to compliment my worm farm. This is where the Bokashi research has begun.
What is Bokashi?
Bokashi is a method of composting. It uses a process called anaerobic fermentation. Bokashi is usually made with molasses, water, effective microorganisms (EM) and wheat bran. The EM are natural lactic acid bacteria, yeast, and phototrophic bacteria that act as a microbe community within the kitchen scraps, fermenting and accelerating breakdown of the organic matter.
How to use Bokashi Bins
This indoor composting system uses a airtight container that is filled with Bokashi EM mix. You then place layers of kitchen and food scraps the layer with the EM mix. This will then break down in the bin and can be either feed in small amounts to a worm farm, or added into your outdoor compost bins.
From what I have read around on the internet, the Bokashi Bins don’t really have a smell. They occasionally can smell a little sickly sweet with the fermentation but make sure you have an air tight lid to avoid any smells.
The Bokashi Bin System
Basically when you buy a Bokashi Bin system you are going to get a airtight container that has an aerated grill and tap at the bottom, a packet of EM mix which looks like a shredded hay and some kits have a little masher tool to press the contents down.
How long does it take to fill?
This would depend on how much you add to the system! Commonly people have 2 bokashi bins going so that when one is full, you can start on your new bin while the other bin continues to ferment for an extra 2 weeks that is required before adding to your compost, garden, or worms.
So far the reviews and news about bokashi bins is very positive! From people living in apartments to big family homes these are a great part of your kitchen waste system. My home which is a 2 bedroom unit would be perfect for this system considering my worms are slow eaters!
Have you got a bokashi bin, and what are your opinion on it? Does it smell, do you spend a lot of money on the bokashi mixes, are you even able to make your bokashi mix at home?
I would love hear more about them from people who use them!