Storing pre-compost and tea question

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Diane C. asked 1 month ago

During winter could I store the pre-compost in a large container/bin outside and add more pre-compost throughout winter until I can bury it in spring?

How much tea should should I add to a gallon of water? I know it’s 1:100 but I’m not sure how that breaks down into more simple measurements.

If I cannot use the tea fresh can I freeze it for !ater use?

Thanks!

1 Answers
Nicki Casley Staff answered 4 weeks ago

Hi Diane,

Thanks for the questions.

Firstly, yes, you can store the pre-compost in an airtight container until you can bury it in the spring. Once it has completed it’s two weeks fermentation it is less sensitive to cold temperatures. Sub-zero temperatures will simply cause the bokashi microbes to become dormant. Avoid large fluctuations in temperature. It’s best to keep your airtight container out if direct sun or wind. Remember to add a thick few layers of paper (or other absorbent material) to soak up any excess liquids. Simply store your fermented food waste until you need it.

Using the 1:100 ratio, you only need to add a couple of fluid ounces per gallon. For a standard 2 US gallon watering can you should add 4 fl oz (or about half a cup). On less sensitive plants, such as most vegetable plants, I often increase to around a cup per watering can.

Finally, yes, you can freeze the bokashi tea to use later. However, freezing the tea will reduce the effectiveness of the bokashi microbes. If you are bokashi compost throughout the year, you will have a continuous supply of bokashi tea. Most people find they have plenty of tea when they need it and choose to put excess tea down the drain. The microbes in the tea are great for unblocking slow or clogged drains.

Hope that helps. Feel free to keep asking questions! We love sharing our knowledge about bokashi composting 🙂
Nicki and the Bokashi Living team

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