I’ve been waiting for a sunny day to take some pictures in the garden but the forecast suggests I could be waiting a while, so I nipped outside this afternoon before the light faded (it’s now pouring as I write this).
With a quick turn of the trowel, it was easy to see my first bokashi batch had gone to plan: three week’s worth of kitchen scraps had all but disappeared, with just an odd teabag or so remaining. I was expecting that black, crumbly soil you get from composting, but I’ve realised the dirt in my garden is quite poor and it’s going to take a few bokashi buckets to revive it, for which there’s no short supply, because I dug in my second bucket today too.
Overall I think bokashi is a fairly no-fuss way to manage kitchen waste as a unit-dweller, provided you have somewhere to empty your bucket. I like that we can tip the scraps into a big bucket in the kitchen, rather than go outside each time, and there’s no mouldy scraps bin deal with. It also breaks down faster than regular composting so you can use it sooner.
I thoroughly recommend this DIY method – if you can thrift some suitable buckets, you’ll only need to buy the bran, so it’s really inexpensive. And if you’ve got friends that do bokashi, you can buy in bulk and it’s even cheaper.
As with any gardening, a little experimentation is needed. Initially I was wondering how many buckets I’d need, but for our little household of two I think two buckets will suffice, filling one while the other matures. I’ve also trialled two bucket styles. The nappy bucket I found on Freecycle works really well because the lid fits tightly but is easy to take off, and it’s a good size, about 15 litres. The other one, as I’ve previously mentioned, needs some muscle to open and close, but they both do the job needed.
I also discovered one morning that a bandicoot had been digging where the bokashi was buried. It was just the once so I’m not too concerned, but you may need to dig deep if you have larger wildlife in your neighbourhood.
Another great thing is that there’s nothing soggy in the regular bin, so no need for plastic bin liners – and now there’s hardly anything to throw out anyway.