Bokashi composting: Review from a self-confessed garden fanatic!

This post was sent by Lucy M Clark founder of Garden Ambition; an awesome blog with information on everything gardening!

Here Is Why You Should Choose In-Ground Bokashi Composting!

Kitchen wastes are perfect for Bokashi composting!

 

Introduction

Have you tried using Bokashi composting? It’s a process of intense levels of composting. Here, food particles or materials are fermented in a completely sealed bucket. The most important ingredient is Bran which is filled with effective micro-organisms. After the process is complete, you can apply the food waste in your kitchen garden. It breaks down rapidly creating a soil rich in minerals!

After using Bokashi compost for close to five years now, I have come to love this type of organic fertilizer. Let us look at some of the main advantages it adds to your overall gardening experience:

 

Here Is Why You Should Use Bokashi Composting In Your Gardening Projects!

  1. Reduces bad smells/odors

  2. Very quick and easy

  3. Improves the quality of the soil

  4. It can cope with large quantities

  5. It’s easily affordable

 

  1. Reduces Bad Smells/Odors

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Organic waste remains

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Wastes put in a large container or those buried in an open hole in the ground are likely to rot and produce bad smells. Such odors attract insects and fruit flies. I found that using the Bokashi bucket which comes with a tightly corked lead, prevented strong odors and entry of insects. Also adding a microbe mix to the kitchen remains causes fermentation rather than rotting!

You can then collect the waste after the fermentation process and apply it to your garden. Interestingly, the smell of fermentation is not so pleasant to dogs and rodents as compared to fresh wastes. Hence, it ends up staying buried in the ground for a longer time.

 

  1. It’s Easily Affordable

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Bokashi composting reduces the use of pesticides and other fertilizers!

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Using Bokashi composting in your garden minimizes the need of buying fertilizer and pesticides especially when preparing your garden for the summer. All you need is a bucket and a suitable microbe element for fermentation!

 

  1. Very Quick And Easy

Properly fermented kitchen wastes

 

Other forms of composting need complicated and lengthy processes. You have to choose the best mix of green and brown waste, conduct proper aeration and add the right moisture quantity. However, when it comes to using Bokashi compost, the procedure is rather simple. You only have to add a suitable microbe mix to your waste remains and wait for the process of fermentation to take place.

Once you’ve applied Bokashi compost your garden, you’ll notice that it takes a little time for the plants to enjoying its rich nutrients. A good example is the germinating seeds which sprout out quickly and are evergreen! Other types of compost not only take up a lot of time during preparation but also in giving you the best results once applied in the garden!

 

  1. Improves The Soil

Garden worms are important for any garden compost!

 

Is the soil in your garden full of earthworms and other micro-organisms? If not, then using Bokashi should be your only excellent choice. The reason behind this is because soil which lacks microbes takes several months for it to break down carefully. In cases of clay soil, the issue is even more severe!

Once you bury your fully prepared Bokashi compost together with its nutrients and carbon quantities, it improves the structure of the soil. It also helps the soil retain more water, reduce plant diseases and stabilizes the level of pH. Why so? Well, this is mostly attributed to the millions of beneficial micro-organisms produced during the process of fermentation.

 

  1. It Can Cope With Larger Quantities

A gardener digging a hole in the ground

 

Other forms of composting will require you as a farmer to dig large holes in your garden for burying of waste. Hence, such can be a challenge especially when it comes to inner city kitchen gardens which mostly have minimal space. However, through waste fermentation in the Bokashi bucket, before it’s buried, the waste volume is significantly decreased.

Also, as the waste slowly ferments in the bin, the water present is collected through a catchment system. The process reduces the waste volume by about 50%!

 

Conclusion

So, do you think Bokashi composting is right for your gardening needs? It may be one of the best fertilizers for your tomatoes, garlic or any other fruit or vegetable. If you’re pleased with these gardening tips, spread the news and let us keep the discussion running. What exactly did you find so exciting while using the Bokashi compost?

About the author

 

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Hi there! I’m Lucy – founder of GardenAmbition.com and I’m a self-confessed garden fanatic. Gardening has always been a passion of mine and will always be my favorite pastime. Now that I am married and have one adorable son, I have the time to write and share my personal experiences with other garden enthusiasts like me.

 

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