Add to tumbler compost bin

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Krista asked 2 years ago

After the 2 week fermentation process, could it simply be dumped into a tumbler compost bin along with paper towels, soil from previous compost, leaves etc, for the easiest/fastest way to empty the bucket?  I’m thinking this would eliminate a step of digging a trench or turning our compost manually if we are in winter months or need a quick solution until ready to harvest the by-product for plants.>

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Nicki Casley Staff answered 2 years ago

Yes you can do that.  Just remember, to finish off the bokashi after its 2 week fermentation, its the micro and macro organisms in the soil that do that work for you.  So… as long as your tumbler has a good amount of healthy life in it, then this process will work fine.  It just may take a little longer, but it will work.  Many bokashi composters put the material directly into their compost pile, especially over the winter.  This works great, as the compost pile is usually teeming with life.  Our only suggestion for your tumbler method is to add as much life as possible (a few shovels of healthy garden soil or compost), as this will help speed and improve the process.  Simply adding leaves and paper towels will not be effective.
So there you go!  Happy composting from the team at Bokashi Living.

Palo answered 4 months ago

Hello – I live in the desert- Phoenix and we’re in the hot season (110-120F). I am looking for alternatives to digging as the ground is hot and tends to be hard. The soil here is clayey. Adding to the question of using a tumbler, I am wondering if a bag of loamy soil from (lowes/homedepot or nursery) is sufficient enough to get the tumbler going or can I simply get away with using my clayey soil as is? 
Thank you,

Palo answered 4 months ago

Hello – I live in the desert- Phoenix and we’re in the hot season (110-120F). I am looking for alternatives to digging as the ground is hot and tends to be hard. The soil here is clayey. Adding to the question of using a tumbler, I am wondering if a bag of loamy soil from (lowes/homedepot or nursery) is sufficient enough to get the tumbler going or can I simply get away with using my clayey soil as is? 
Thank you,

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