Bokashi Composting

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  1. Duane

    Duane Member

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    Does anyone have any experience with this form of composting? I regularly compost, but am told that this form of composting is much faster and can compost much more household waste.
     
  2. Durgan

    Durgan Contributor 10 Years

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    Never heard of the "nonsense" until your post.

    Sixty years ago all our kitchen slops went into a hole in the ground about four feet by four feet by six feet, lined with one inch thick spruce boards, with a trap door on top. This hole was within easy walking distance of the house. The slops were always foaming away with no help from some commercial product. The hole was in place for the 7 years we lived there. Simple, convenient, and practical. The situation was a rural environment. Probably not suitable for a lilly white urban backyard, but with minor modifications could probably be encorporated.

    I ship my kitchen slops to the landfill in the garbage. This is essential in any landfill. I have no idea where the initiatives about composting to reduce the stuff in a landfill. Certainly it is not kitchen slops that are filling up landfills. It is solid materials, not vegetation or slops.
     
  3. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Very little on *.edu sites about this, but I did find this article mentioning it (briefly) on the USDA Ag Research Service's site: An Organic Cure for a Turfgrass Disease?

    A search on Google Scholar for "Effective microorganism" composting shows research results mainly from Asian countries. It looks like a method that is only beginning to catch on / be tested in North America.
     
  4. blackbeauty

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    As far as I know and I practice it myself, bokashi composting is a liquid as result of cattle waste fermentation. Only cattle waste. We prefer use goat waste (feces, sorry, but does it has same meaning with 'waste' ?). Not fresh waste. Use a drum or other other similar tube. Put a filter or water strainer in about 1/4 from the bottom. First splash waste with effective microorganism (EM)until the waste wet enough. Mix it. Just make it all wet. Place it in the drum, on strainer. In about at less 2 weeks (and you may splash in between and scramble the waste) it will produce liquid compost called Bokashi. And you can use solid waste on the strainer just like other compost.
    And for kitchen or household organic waste, I splash it with EM too. Fastening or accelerate fermentation process with EM is better than letting mother nature do it herself naturally. I chopped it first to small forms. I just put it in a plastic bag. I use this for plants media.
    I don't how about you guys in North America but here I can just buy effective microorganism product in a 1 litre plastic bottle. Must be contains beneficial bacteria. I take about 50 ml and mix it with artesis water for 1 litre mixing.
    Sorry for my messed english. May you can catch the point anyway.
     
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