bokashi bin for Christmas. But I declined. Mostly because I didn't know what she was talking about. And I didn't like the sound of a second composting system sitting about in my kitchen which is grotty enough as it is.
We already have two compost bins outside and a worm farm. But I must say they don't work as well as they should. Our compost takes quite a while to break down and I don't have as much of it as I'd like. I would say there is too much wet matter in there. And we have mice. And we don't help things along by turning it often. I do have one of those twisty metal stick things to jiggle it all about but you need a pretty strong arm to turn the compost. And my arm would prefer to be planting seeds or depositing water or other stuff that doesn't involve decomposing scraps and mice. I know there are more things I'm doing wrong too but I just can't be bothered getting too finicky about the compost bins.
As for the worms, they don't require much attention but by golly I could grow old waiting for worm wee or worm compost or whatever you call it. They are slow to do their business. And one year during a heatwave I completely cooked them and had to start all over which wasn't very nice for anyone. Especially the new worms which I just dumped in with the carcuses of their expired ancestors.
Anyway, Monkey Man's sister got a bokashi bin but she never used it. So she gave it to us and I have grown to love it. Especially over winter. Now I don't use the bokashi bin exclusively. I alternate between it and the regular compost bins. It takes a few weeks for us to fill the bokashi bin and during that time no-one has to make the trek to the outside compost bins with the mice and the dark and drizzle and cold.
For those of you uninitiated, a bokashi bucket is an airtight bin that sits in your kitchen and in which you drop your kitchen scraps. It has a draining system down the bottom and once a night I give it a squish with a specially dedicated potato masher and sprinkle over it a handful of the bokashi activator and let it do its work fermenting. At first I thought it might be a bit of a waste of money buying that bokashi activator stuff - it's a bag of grainy stuff (apparently usually rice bran and molasses that've been innoculated with composting micro organisms). But I have found this stuff doesn't cost much and lasts a long time.
But the number one, super-dooper, best thing about the bokashi is the liquid fertiliser that it produces. There is a draining section down the bottom and every so often I turn on the tap to release some of the liquid into a container and dilute it to fertilize the garden.
|bokashi liquid ready to be diluted and watered on the garden|
Oh yeah, I'm so in love with my bokashi bin.
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