Problem with curing of precompost

FAQsCategory: bokashi composting questionsProblem with curing of precompost
Mrudula Mangalvedhekar asked 2 months ago

I dont have a garden to bury my precompost. So I am using a plastic drum and cocopeat for that purpose. It was ok in the summer but during the rainy season in India, it didn’t dry up at all. I have kept the drum away from the rain but due to too much humidity it didn’t dry up and started stinking a lot. How to handle the high humidity situations?

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Nicki Casley Staff answered 2 months ago

Hi Mrudula,

Thanks for your question. High humidity will cause your bokashi set-up (often referred to as a soil factory) to fail, as the moisture often kills a lot of the life in your soil. Here are a couple of suggestions to overcome this problem:

1. Make sure there are plenty of drainage holes in the bottom of your plastic drum to let any water drain from the bottom of your soil factory.
2. Add a few layers of ripped up newspaper to the bottom and top of your soil factory to absorb some of the excess moisture.
3. Make sure you are using high quality soil with lots of life, in your bokashi soil factory. This will speed up the rate at which the bokashi pre-compost breaks down. You could save some of the bokashi compost from a successful soil factory to start another one.
4. Try moving your bokashi soil factory indoors where the humidity is lower, if possible.
5. Try mixing some sand into the soil factory. This will improve drainage and help to reduce moisture in the compost.

Hope that helps. Feel free to ask any other questions you may have.
Happy composting,
The Bokashi Living team

Mrudula Mangalvedhekar answered 2 months ago

Thanks Nicki! In the meantime, I emptied the plastic drum contents into terracotta Pot. That has helped a little bit. Will add paper also in that pot. But there are lots of fat maggots which I did not see in the bokashi bin. I can understand some but this maggot population looks like an explosion. Please advise me on how to control that.

Nicki Casley Staff answered 2 months ago

Hi Mrudula,

Thanks for the update.

Whilst maggots in your soil factory can be disgusting, they will not do any harm to your compost. They will actually help to break down the bokashi pre-compost.

There is a bit more information about maggots here:

Happy composting,
The Bokashi Living team

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