A Guide to Bokashi Composting

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Bokashi Composting
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Bokashi / Bocashi composting is one way to deal with the remaining waste in your kitchen from cooking. With this form of compositing, you are utilising benefits not found in the more traditional forms of composting in your garden. 

What is Bokashi Composting?

Bokashi composting is a very convenient, safe, and extremely quick way to compost your food waste in the kitchen. With your bokashi bucket, (which you can actually make by hand!) you add in a suitable microbe or bokashi bran to begin the process of composting in your home. By putting your food scraps into the bucket with your chosen microbe you are effectively creating your own personal fertilizer for your indoor plants or your garden outside. There are fantastic environmental benefits from doing this, including less trips to the bin to banish your waste to landfill. 

After using your Bokashi Composting bin for a few weeks you will be ready to take the content outside to your very own outdoor compost heap or to fertilize your outdoor plants, which is very useful throughout the cooler months of the year. 

Where did Bokashi Composting originate?

Bokashi is the Japanese word for ‘fermented organic matter’, developed in the 1980s by Dr. Teuro Higa, who was a professor at the University of Ryukus, Okinawa, Japan. 

Key Benefits of Bokashi Composting

Bokashi composting works best as a way of providing pre-composting micro-organisms which will in turn, significantly improve the quality of your garden soil. For example, adding key nutrients, retaining water, encouraging growth and extending the life of your garden plants, flowers, and other growths. 

Composting this way is very effective and very quick. You will save on time and money by creating your very own fertiliser. We’ve mentioned above how beneficial this is for the environment and creating a beautiful, sustainable garden environment. 

Unlike normal means of composting, you can add raw and cooked meat, fish, small bones, dairy products, and other items that you usually can’t recycle. This heavily reduces the amount of waste going into your normal bin, producing a liquid that can be used as the perfect fertiliser in your garden or for your compost heap outside.