Part 2 of bokashi composting is about what to do when your bokashi bin is full! If you’re unfamiliar with bokashi style composting, read bokashi composting part 1 and this post will make a lot more sense.
Where we’re at
So with our Urban Composter system, we’ve let our food scraps begin their fermentation process in our bokashi bins at home. The scraps are now ready to be transferred somewhere to begin the process of turning into soil. With bokashi composting there are a few options for this stage; these are to either bury it, or worm it. The option of burying basically requires a small hole in someones garden or planter that you can dig it into. Worming it, means getting yourself a worm farm!
Because we live in an apartment with no garden, our options are quite limited. But the best option we could come up with is to bury it in my parents garden! In an ideal world, I would have a beautiful, functioning worm farm or a big, luscious garden. But apartment living means mooching off mum and dad’s garden.
Mum’s garden patch
When the time came to burying our bokashi scraps, my parents were all for it. They are keen gardeners and they were pretty stoked at the idea of having fresh compost to sprinkle on their garden. I found an empty patch in one of their garden beds, dug a hole and put everything in.
I dug about 15cm down and covered it with a nice layer of top soil and a quick water, now the process begins! I have been checking regularly for the past three weeks, and it should take about 4-6 weeks in total. I’ve noticed that some of my pumpkin peel scraps are still pretty much in tact, so I’ll have to address that at some point.
What if you don’t have a garden
If you don’t have access to a garden, one of the best things you can do is ask permission to use a small space of someone else’s. Whether this be a neighbour, a relative or friend, let them know they can reap the rewards of beautiful, nutritious compost for their own gardens. This could also a great way to make a new friend!
Composting part 3
The next stage of composting for me is to hopefully dig up some beautiful compost from this load of food scraps, and a few other loads that I’ve buried! Going forward, I’d love to establish a worm farm on my tiny balcony. I’m hoping to have one going in the next couple of months to help chew through the food scraps we accumulate. Stay tuned!
For bokashi composting part 1, head to https://tassiegirlzerowaste.home.blog/2019/05/30/bokashi-composting-part-1/
For the Urban Composter indoor composting system, head to https://www.urbancomposter.com.au/#focus
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