It being my birthday today, it’s been pretty awesome one way or another. Not least, when I got home there were two notifications that I had parcels waiting for me. One was at a neighbour’s, free wild flower seeds for me to donate to my daughter’s school and Woodlesford in Bloom (for the RHS competition Britain in Bloom) as well as Leeds Permaculture Network. The other parcel needed to be collected from a nearby newsagent’s and was in fact a box.
I had a sudden brainwave last week. Although I don’t produce a lot of food waste, inevitably there is such that cannot go in the compost bin, such as burnt toast, the eyes of potatoes and the odd crust of bread which goes mouldy. Leeds City Council does do a waste food collection once a week, which I previously used for disposal but it seemed a shame to donate what I could use for my own purposes. If only I had a bokashi bin.
Anyway, I came across a family-owned business which makes bokashi bins and the appropriate fermenters to add with the food, and the idea crystallised in my mind. What I didn’t expect was the delivery to arrive today. What a perfect birthday present to myself!So, what do you do with all this?
First, you put 25g of the bran and 25ml of the chan in the bottom of the bin. Then you put in a layer of food and press it down so as to get rid of air pockets. On top of that you put another layer of the bran and chan and over subsequent days, weeks, months you add more layers as above.The fermenting food produces a liquid which you drain off every few days or so. This needs to be diluted 1:100 with water, which I intend to use for plants in pots, tubs and growbags. As for the solids, when the bin is full it only takes a couple of weeks, apparently, for them to be ready for adding to the compost heap. And they should act as an accelerator, so it’s very much a win-win situation as far as I’m concerned.
It’s been fun so far. Can’t wait to see what happens next!!