What to do with compost in the winter

Bokashi CommunityCategory: bokashi composting questionsWhat to do with compost in the winter
K williamson asked 5 years ago

I’ve never composted before. I am wondering what to do with compost in the winter. Could I throw it into a large pail outside until spring? I am not going to be using my compost myself, but will be giving it to my family to use.

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Nicki Casley Staff answered 5 years ago

Thanks for the question. That’s great to hear that others are going to benefit from your bokashi compost 🙂

You have four options for what to do with your bokashi compost in the winter:

  1. If the ground isn’t frozen, then you can continue to bury the bokashi pre-compost as you would normally,
  2. Alternatively, you can add directly to a compost pile,
  3. If your ground is frozen then you could make a soil factory,
  4. You can do as you suggest and simply store the bokashi pre-compost until the soil thaws in the spring.

There is lots more information in this blog post (Winter composting: Getting the most from your bokashi composter)

We hope that helps. Feel free to call or ask further questions here if you have them.

Kathleen answered 2 years ago

We have LONG cold winters (frozen ground from November to mid April). If I start a soil factory in late fall before the ground freezes can I continue to add pre-compost through the winter without access to additional soil? Can the soil factory be stored (basement or attached garage) where the temps can drop down around 40F?

Nicki Casley Staff answered 2 years ago

Hi Kathleen,
Thanks for the questions. You will need to add soil each time you add bokashi pre-compost to your woil factory. Maybe you could dig up a supply of soil before the ground freezes and store it next to your soil factory. Each time you add more bokashi pre-compost to your soil factory, then you can add some of the stored soil.
And yes, the soil factory can be stored where temperatures drop as low as 40F. The low temperatures will cause the soil life activity (and rate of break down of the bokashi pre-compost) to slow considerably. However, when the temperatures rise again in the spring, then the microbes and the soil life will quickly spring back into action 🙂
Happy composting 🙂

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