Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Bokashi Bins: Effectively Composting In Your Kitchen

Are you thinking about composting but are worried about large compost bins in your home? What about having the smell of garbage or compost odors? Don’t worry, switching to a Bokashi bin can resolve your odor and space issues. Bokashi bins are able to recycle your food waste all through the year. Using an anaerobic fermentation process, the Bokashi bins are able to recycle all of your kitchen waste into valuable and effective soil conditioner for your garden.

The Bokashi Bin is an air tight container that composts the waste by using a Bokashi compost starter. EM 1 Rice Bran Bokashi is an example of a Bokashi that can be used in a Bokashi Bin. EM 1 Rice Bran Bokashi is saturated with beneficial microorganisms and is commonly used for food waste recycling, odor control for pet waste, and to accelerate compost and plant residue and mulch decomposition. It can also be used in portable toilets, waterless toilets, and added to potting soil mixes.

As mentioned before, your kitchen will not have an odor from your Bokashi bin. That is because the kitchen waste will not decompose or breakdown while inside the bin. It is only when the food waste is placed in the ground with dirt or other carbon materials, that the process is complete and it will begin to breakdown. Keep your Bokashi bin in a dry place and out of direct sunlight. A kitchen cabinet is a good place to store it.

How to Start Your Bokashi Bin

First obtain an air tight plastic bin or bucket. Then place your kitchen waste in the bin and sprinkle a small amount of EM 1 Rice Bran Bokashi over your waste. Pack down your waste, using gloves or a plastic bag to do so, and reseal the lid. The microbes found in the Bokashi immediately work to ferment the food scraps, releasing valuable nutrients and enzymes. This fermentation allows these nutrients to come out without the hassle of odors or insects. For every 3 or 4 inches of waste, sprinkle another handful of EM 1 Rice Bran Bokashi. When the bucket is full, place another coat of Bokashi on the top.

After the bin is full, let it ferment for 14 days in the air tight container. Then the waste can be taken outside and added to an existing compost pile, placed in your garden or crop or stored in a cooler for future use.

After 2 - 4 weeks, the waste will have broken down even further into an organic, rich soil conditioner in which you can spread throughout your garden. However, there are a few foods that may not have broken down completely, such as lemon or orange rinds. They will eventually breakdown in your garden, they just need some more time.

For more information on Bokashi, Bokashi containers, waste recycling systems, and their impact on your home, read more on our website. Teraganix provides industry leading solutions for your home and garden.

Bokashi Composting Helps Your Garden And Environment

There are many advantages to composting at home. While you might think it is a difficult process, requiring a big investment, that isn't the case. An easy method of indoor composting, called Bokashi, holds several advantages over traditional bio-digester composting. It is an anaerobic fermentations process, requiring no oxygen. It is only a two-step method, generally doesn't produce bad smells, can be done in small batches, and can be used as a slow-release fertilizer.

Benefits Of Composting

Composting benefits the environment by recycling organic resources that otherwise would make up a considerable proportion of the waste in landfills. This waste can easily be turned into rich organic fertilizer, reducing the need for commercial soil conditioners and fertilizers. By increasing soil organic matter, healthy root structure is promoted, clay soils are lightened, and sandy soils are able to hold more water. This soil attracts and feeds earthworms, protects plants from drought, and reduces water runoff.

Composting For A Better Environment

You might think organic matter in landfills isn't something to worry about. However, modern waste management methods are an environmental concern. When waste lies stagnant in landfill sites, there is no way for vital oxygen to reach it and encourage the decaying process. The harmful combination of circumstances releases greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change. While some waste is incinerated, this results in vast amounts of carbon dioxide.

Composting is beneficial for the land. When you compost the waste from your kitchen, it creates a thriving habitat and nutritious provider for a large population of bacteria, bugs, worms, and fungi. What they then leave behind becomes nourishment for plants. There is then no waste. And you'll enjoy a faster growing, greener garden. By mixing it into your flower bed and vegetable garden planting areas, soil properties will be greatly improved.

What Makes Bokashi Composting Easier?

So why Bokashi composting? For one thing, you can compost almost anything. If you can eat it, you can add it to the mix. Coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, dairy and meat, and nearly everything in your refrigerator is possible fodder. The process is also extremely easy. There is little investment. You can purchase a complete system, or make your own. All you really need is the Bokashi mix, a couple of pails with lids, and some form of plate to add weight and eliminate oxygen. The process in the bucket, once it is full, takes only about two weeks. This mixture is then buried in the garden in a twelve to eighteen inch deep hole. Another two to four weeks is required before the finished product is ready to be used. You'll then have a supply of slow-release fertilizer which will help your garden soil to hold moisture and grow strong, healthy plants.

What is Bokashi?

What Exactly is Bokashi and How is it Used?

“Bokashi" is a Japanese word that means fermented organic matter. Fermented organic matter is often seen in composting and fertilizer applications in many gardens and for agricultural purposes used around the world. Bokashi is used as a composting method that works with EM Technology® to break down organic matter in an effective way. Effective Microorganisms® help break down compost and will ferment the waste to break it down so that it will eventually return back to soil. Using EM technology, like our EM -1 gardening products, helps to break down the materials that you are composting to build a nutrient rich and aerated soil that creates a strong base for any garden, or even for agricultural uses. By using such a strong base for your garden or agricultural application, you will not only improve your soil, but it will add to the quality of the environment around it as well. More and more people are becoming familiar with composting and bokashi, as

Bokashi fertilizer being spread on plants

there is a growing desire for improved natural gardening, as well as natural alternatives to household waste disposal.

Bokashi Benefits for You

How can you use bokashi to benefit you? There are a number of ways that using bokashi and bokashi bins for composting will surely help you improve your garden, as well as dispose of your household waste naturally. Bokashi composting is one of the most effective ways of composting, and has been used for years. With the use of Effective Microorganisms, bokashi composts natural matter at an accelerated rate. Bokashi helps create a strong base for any garden or agricultural application, and with proper use you will see an improvement in the quality of your agricultural yields or have an improved garden at your home. Don't waste more time and money trying to improve the look of your plants or production of your crops with chemicals or other harsh products. Many people often overlook the importance of the role that soil plays in terms of the quality of your plant's life. The soil that you have sets the pace of your plant's life cycle. Poor soil will shorten the life of your plants, or they will not live up to their full potential. It's also important to test your soil before getting started with any soil improvements.

How to Get Started

Are you interested in starting the use of bokashi bins in your home? No need to worry! Using a bokashi recycling system at your home has never been easier if you purchase the right products. At TeraGanix, we carry everything that you will need to get started with composting and using bokashi bins to break down your compost in a successful way. To get started, you will want to learn how to start composting properly. Our bokashi food waste recycling systems are a great place to get started if you are interested in learning how to compost. At TeraGanix, we are focused on creating natural and improved food recycling and composting options for all of our customers.