<span style='color: #003300;'><strong>What is Bokashi</strong></span>

What is Bokashi

Bokashi is a Japanese term meaning ‘fermented organic matter’. It is often referred to as a type of ‘composting’ but it is actually a anaerobic fermentation process, resulting in a much different end product than that produced via composting

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Bokashi breaks down the waste

Bokashi is a combination of wheat bran and rice husks that have been innoculated with beneficial and Effective Micro-Organisms, (EM) and a food source and allowed to ferment together for about a month, depending on temperature.

The dry ingredients are a food source and carrier for the micro-organisms. It is these micro-organisms that ferment the waste in the Bokashi Bucket and then accelerate the breakdown of the waste in the soil. The principal micro-organisms in EM are lactic acid bacteria, yeasts, photosynthetic bacteria, actinomycetes and fungi. Unlike traditional composting with Bokashi composting meat cooked and raw, fish, and small bones can be added into the bin. All food waste can be recycled into a valuable garden and plant resource.

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Bokashi Instructions

The key to the success of this system is the specifically designed Bokashi Bucket, and the use of EM Bokashi.

Place your kitchen waste into the bucket, then sprinkle a hand full of EM Bokashi over the waste.
Repeat this layering process until the Bokashi Bucket is full.
Drain off liquid (Bokashi juice) as necessary.
Once the bucket is full to capacity, the waste can be buried. If you have two Bokashi Buckets, begin the process again in your second bucket. Let the waste from the first Bokashi Bucket continue to ferment for 14 days or for any additional length of time. Then, bury the waste and wash out the Bokashi Bucket ready to use when your second Bokashi Bucket is full. If you have only one Bokashi Bucket the waste can be buried as soon as it is full, obviously the waste on the top has not had much or any chance to ferment, even so, the waste will still break down quickly because of the micro-organisms mixed in.

With two Bokashi Buckets the waste gets extra time to ferment, you will get more of the valuable Bokashi Juice and it is more convenient, however, this wonderful composting system will still work with just one Bokashi Bucket.

Bokashi Compost will look different to other compost that has decayed. As the food waste does not breakdown or decompose while it is in the bucket, much of its original physical property will remain and it will have a pickled appearance. Breakdown of waste will occur after it has been transferred to the soil.

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Totally Safe and Organic

All of the microbes have been organically certified. The types of microbes used are those already found in many types of food, including cheeses, wines and yoghurts, and all produced right here in the United Kingdom.
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Bokashi is a fermenting process

Compost is a great source of nutrients for your garden, but due to composting process, much of the goodness is lost. Greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced during Bokashi fermentation and there are no insect or rodent problems, it is odourless and the end product is a valuable resource for your garden.

As the process is not exposed to the atmosphere, most of the nutrients and all of the water is retained. Although most foods can be broken down, most packaging can’t. To reduce your impact on our landfills, recycle as much as you can, and use less plastic!
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Ho do I know if my Bokashi is working

The only test on whether the system is working is the absence of the rotting odour. If there is no such odour, then the Bokashi is doing its job.
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If your Bokashi begins to smell

Check that the lid is being sealed tightly every time and that you have covered the entire surface area of the waste with the mix. You also need to make sure that the water is being drained from the tap regularly. Finally, make sure that the waste is being compacted down with a masher or something similar, to ensure that there are no air pockets.

If the waste is too smelly, simply empty the waste into your garden, rinse the bucket in water (no detergent) and start again
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Do not put dog or cat faeces, large bones or excessive liquid in the Bokashi Bucket.