Bokashi is used as:
- Compost starter in home composting efforts
- Fermentation starter
- Soil conditioner
- Beneficial microbial inoculate
Bokashi is for use in organic production of recycled food waste. It also helps to cultivate the beneficial microorganisms as food decomposes, speeding the process of fermentation and reducing foul.
Use Bokashi when composting kitchen/household wastes using the Indoor Composter. In a kitchen compost bucket, sprinkle Bokashi directly on top of kitchen food waste and close the lid. It is very important to cover the entire surface of food waste with Bokashi. When added, the Bokashi will begin a fermentation process that will neutralize odors, increase the mineral content and prepare food waste to become high quality compost. Repeat the process, until the bucket is full.
Bokashi can also be sprinkled in house plants one or two times per month.
Wheat Bran, , Purified and Structured Water, Sugar Cane Blackstrap Molasses, Mineral Rock Salt, SCD Probiotics Technology. May contain wood shavings.
How does the Bokashi Indoor Composter work?
The system uses beneficial microbes in the bokashi to FERMENT organic waste as it accumulates in the composting bucket. The bucket fits easily under most kitchen sinks, so it is convenient to access - right when you need it.
Fermentation (or pickling) retains all the energy (no heat loss) and most of the nutrients in the waste with no foul odor normally associated with food waste.
What is Bokashi?
Bokashi is naturally fermented bran that is primarily used for composting. Ingredients include wheat bran, rice bran, purified and structured water, sugarcane blackstrap molasses, mineral rock salt and SCD Probiotics Technology. Bokashi allows for an odorless composting system, speeding up the fermentation process of food waste. When the fermented food waste is added to the soil, it breaks down completely and adds valuable nutrients to lawns and gardens.
How long does Bokashi last?
Bokashi can last for years. There is no expiration date. The wheat bran and drying process allow the microbes to become dormant until they are introduced to their ideal environment and food source. Keep tightly closed for maximum effectiveness.
How do I know if my Bokashi has gone bad?
If there is green, blue, black or brown mold on the bokashi, this indicates putrefaction, and it should be thrown out. However, if kept sealed and with minimal exposure to oxygen, Bokashi will last for years. (Not resealing your bag after you use it may cause a white mold to grow. This mold does not mean your Bokashi is bad. Continue to use as directed.)
I saw some white growth on the surface of my compost. Has my compost gone bad?
No. This is a good indicator that the fermentation is in progress. White mold is a sign of beneficial bacteria. Continue to use as directed.
Can we compost during the winter season?
Yes. In many areas of the world, the ground is too frozen in winter to bury the compost directly in the soil. There is an option. The secret is keeping the compost moist. Cover the entire compost pile with a thick sheet of clear plastic. Not only will it heat the compost pile, it will also prevent rain from leaching all the nutrients out of the pile. You can also insulate the pile with a foot or more of hay or straw instead of plastic, if you can protect it well enough to keep it moist.
My compost (food waste) has retained some of its original, physical properties. Can I still bury it in the ground?
Yes. The fermenting food waste in the Indoor Composter will retain much of its original physical properties but will have a pickled appearance. Complete breakdown of material will occur once it's transferred into the soil and has been in the soil from two weeks to two months - depending on climate and soil conditions.
The waste hasn’t broken down in the bucket. Is something wrong?
The waste will NOT decompose while in the composter - it will only ferment (or pickle). If you can imagine a pickled onion - it will still look like an onion, but because it’s pickled, it will have changed its internal structure. The single criterion to determine if the process is working is the odor. If there’s no rotting odor, then the fermentation process is working. The physical decomposition of the waste only occurs when the material goes into the soil. Here, it breaks down very quickly because the material has been pre-conditioned (i.e. fermented).
What do I do with the “compost” tea that I drain from the bottom of the composter?
This liquid is teaming with microbes and nutrients! After you dilute the tea, you can use it directly on your garden or potted plants. Or, you can add the liquid to the toilet or a septic tank. The microbes will work to make the septic system more efficient. One other use is to simply pour it down the sink. The microbes will go to work on your drains and keep them clean.
How much should I dilute the “compost” tea?
The correct ratio is 1 tablespoon per gallon.
When the compost is buried in the soil, will foxes and other wild animals be able to smell it and dig it up?
Animals might be able to smell the fermented waste if you have not covered the compost completely with soil to assure further fermentation. You need to dig a trench 18" to 24" deep to bury the compost and mix the fermented material with soil as you add it to the trench.
Is the fermented waste in the soil harmful to my pets?
No. The beneficial microbes necessary to the fermentation process and found in the food waste are all natural and chemical free. However, you’ll want to make sure the compost is buried deep enough (18” - 24” deep) so all your good efforts end up where they belong - in your soil and gardens.
When I bury the compost, should I leave it in that same spot and then later plant on top of it, or should I dig it up after a few weeks and spread it throughout the garden?
As long as you allow the proper amount of time for the compost to become like soil, you can plant on top of your compost (two weeks to two months - depending on climate and soil conditions.) If you plant too soon, your scraps will be highly acidic as they decompose, possibly damaging tender roots of new plants.
An alternative is to dig it up after the several weeks and spread it throughout the garden.
What is the composition of the plastic used in the manufacture of the indoor composting buckets? Are they manufactured with PCB (PolyChlorinatedBiphenyl's)? Should I be concerned about PCB’s and any potential contamination of the food waste?
PCB’s (PolyChlorinatedBiphenyl's) is not used in the manufacture of our buckets. The black and white buckets are made from 70% post consumer plastic and 10% recycled plastic and the tan bucket is “virgin” plastic. There is no danger of any material leaching from the plastic and contaminating the food waste and therefore the not harmful to the downstream by-products of composted food waste.
18 out of 18 people would recommend this product15/07/2018, By DebbieI don't know if it's all down to the Bokashi or not, but after adding it I suddenly had compost tea to use!
A little goes a long way and it's great that the packaging is recyclable.21/06/2018, By KateWorks as described above, no bad smells, just a mild pickling smell.30/05/2018, By Ferris BuellerIt seems to work well on most organic waste and removes the odours.23/03/2018, By green fingerslove working in the garden with this13/03/2018, By SueLove my Bokashi; have been using my bins (scrapped the worm farm) for about 3 years now.
I also use the Bokashi on the cat scat as it breaks down any pathogens; before disposing of the scat.21/01/2018, By BeccaWorks well to aid the compost! I have two bucket so I alternate between the two. Once one is ready I add it to my heap and I'm getting awesome compost now!!20/11/2017, By Bridgetvery happy with this product26/10/2017, By ferrisbuellerso far so good, seems to aid in the composting process25/10/2017, By DinnyI have used this for years and not does make nice compost but I confess I do not like the smell! Am I doing some thing wrong?06/10/2017, By AnishSo good I got two31/08/2017, By RebeccaWorks very well!18/08/2017, By AnelI love this product. We have a small compost bin inside the house (which we then empty when it's full), and sprinkling a bit of Bokashi over reduces the smell (it smells like malt which is quit pleasant!) and helps with the quality of compost that we work into the garden. We always have Bokashi in our home.29/05/2017, By SusannaThis system has really helped reduce our food waste - even though we live in a flat and don't have a garden. The bran lasts us (two people) about a month, and it is ridiculously easy to use. I've even started bringing scraps home from work - and have a bag of Bokashi in the office as well as at home!23/03/2016, By LizetteI love this product!! There is no rotting food smell and it so easy to use. This is the first time in 2 years that I can get anything in my garden to grow as the soil quality was very poor.03/03/2016, By ColleenI LOVE my Bokashi! Between changing our shopping habits,recycling and using Bokashi, we have not put out garbage since July 2015. We could never have done this without our Bokashi Composter. Very impressed with this product.26/01/2016, By Kerry-LeeMy recycling Bokashi bin is a dream... no smell, no fuss, absolutely love making my very own compost. The bran is excellent at cutting bad odours and accelerating the decomposing matter into valuable compost.02/10/2015, By AdeleComposting, in my opinion, is one of the simplest ways to make a difference to the plight of our planet and the more I read up on the consequences of organic waste on landfills I feel it is non optional. Everyone should compost their organic waste and the Bokashi systems makes this super easy.16/12/2014, By CarmaI would highly recommend this for anyone interested in using their organic kitchen waste as green in their hot composting or to just work it into a garden bed. Bokashi is a great way to recycle your Organic kitchen waste into your garden.
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