Wednesday, June 20, 2018

How to use the Bokashi Recycling System

What have you heard about composting? For some, the idea of composting can be a bit intimidating and even unpleasant. You may have seen the waste recycling units, and come to the conclusion that they’re cumbersome, require constant upkeep, and cause bad smells or swarms of insects in your home or garden. Contrary to these beliefs, composting is a relatively simple process and requires little maintenance after setup. Plus, everything you compost is one less thing in the landfills, so it’s great for the environment!

Take a look at our full video on using a Bokashi Food Waste System: 

The Bokashi Recycling System

Composting is an effective method of reusing organic waste from your kitchen. In only two weeks, you'll have valuable organic matter for your garden. Starting your own food waste recycling system is easy and affordable. You can either make your own compost kit with Bokashi bran or purchase a unit from a specialty retailer like TeraGanix.

A store-bought Bokashi food waste fermenter kit includes a sturdy plastic bucket and lid. Each recycling bucket has a spigot on the front, and inside, a durable strainer to separate solids from liquid. Each kit also comes with a bag of Bokashi bran mix.

How to setup a Bokashi Food Waste Fermenter

If you recently purchased - or are planning to purchase - a Bokashi recycling kit, use these tips to setup your unit and start composting:
  1. Place the strainer at the bottom of the bucket.
  2. Sprinkle a handful of the Bokashi mix inside, taking care not to clog the holes in the strainer.
  3. Add kitchen scraps to the bucket. Break down larger food scraps into smaller pieces, and pierce the skin of grapes, tomatoes and similar foods.
  4. Fill the bucket approximately two inches with food scraps, then sprinkle another handful of Bokashi mix over the top. Place a heavy plate on top to compact each layer and release air.
  5. Continue to alternate layers of organic material and Bokashi bran until the bucket is full or you run out of scraps.
  6. Completely seal the lid when finished and leave for at least two weeks
The sealed bucket can be kept in a convenient place with easy access, such as the cabinet under the sink or even in a closet. You can add all types of food scraps to your Bokashi recycling kit, including meat and dairy. Do not add inorganic materials like foils or plastics. If you start to notice an unpleasant smell, add more bran mix to the bucket. There should be a slight brine smell, like pickles, but no bad odors.

Every few days, use the spigot to drain off the liquid at the bottom of the recycling bucket. This liquid is known as Bokashi tea and can be used around the house or garden. You can pour the liquid down sink and tub drains in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry room. The Bokashi tea helps to unclog drains, keep pipe interiors smooth, and eliminate unpleasant odors. You can also use the liquid as a very powerful fertilizer for your plants. Just add one cup of Bokashi tea to four gallons of water and spray over plants!

Once the composting process is complete, bury the contents in your garden. Composting is a great way to reintroduce healthy microorganisms back into your garden and repair damaged soil. Learn more at last week’s blog post: Natural Remedies to Repair Damaged Soil.

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