Can I Bokashi Compost dog waste?

Bokashi CommunityCan I Bokashi Compost dog waste?
Mark asked 7 years ago
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Nicki Casley Staff answered 7 years ago

Yes, but it should not be done inside your bokashi bin, and it should not be done in any part of your garden that you grow food in.  This is because pet waste can harbor pathogens.  Done properly, you will find that bokashi bran will work well with pet waste in a designated part of your garden.

You can find many videos online of people creating bokashi pet waste systems.  The simple steps are as follows:

Step 1:  Find a suitable size plastic container for your pet waste needs.  The container should be one that has a removable lid.  A five gallon bucket will be acceptable for small amounts, or a residential garbage can will work well for larger amounts.

Step 2:  Cut the bottom off of the container.

Step 3:  Dig a hole in the garden and bury the container down in the hole, so that the top of the container (the lid end) just comes out of the top of the hole.  Put the lid on the container.

You’ve now got a go to place in the garden to take your pet waste as it is produced.  Each time you add pet waste, give a small sprinkle of bokashi bran.  The bokashi bran will help neutralize pathogens, odors, and speed up the decomposition process.  The hole in the bottom of the container will allow the free transition of garden biota and soil building organisms, all of which are beneficial for returning the pet waste to the surrounding garden area.

The life in your soil will do most of the work so that you can keep adding pet waste on the top and you should see the level continuously going down. If you should fill your container, then pull it out of the ground (leaving the fermented waste behind) and relocate. Cover the initial area with at least 6 inches of soil.

Erin Allin replied 4 years ago

This is great! Do I need to add holes on sides of bucket?

Mark answered 7 years ago

Thanks, that’s a great help

Lydia answered 4 years ago

After relocating the poo composter, can i plant a bush on the original site? How long should I wait before planting?

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