Rethinking the bokashi

For almost three years, I’ve been using a bokashi bin to ferment all manner of food waste for use as fertiliser in the garden. There is no doubt under normal circumstances that the contents of the bin become excellent compost after a couple of months in the ground.

Whether or not they have provided a specific benefit to the hugel beds, it is difficult to say, but about once every four months I’ve been building one and topping off the wood with bokashi solids. I had been concerned in case rats got wind of them but until this latest bed we were fine.

I keep covering the hole that the rat makes at the side of the bed. Every day, I check and the hole is back with more of the hugel bed contents on the surface. At least I’m not losing all my goodness to its dietary requirements!

Now, I think that it will still be safe to empty the bokashi into the ground in the spring and summer. However, I’m running out of ground which doesn’t have perennials planted in it and/or hasn’t become a hugel bed. And if the ground isn’t a good repository in winter, the compost heap is even less so.

So, it looks like the best thing to do is cut back on the amount of food waste going in the bokashi bin. If I divert food scraps which are okay to go directly in the compost bin (e.g. uncooked leaves and peelings), the bokashi will take much longer to fill up. In turn, hopefully, this means the bokashi bin which is currently full won’t need to be emptied for some time to come. (I have two bins, so that I can keep production going.)

And in the meantime, I hope the resident rat finds a new home, nowhere is my garden, once it has eaten the delectable titbits it has found in the hugel bed. I really don’t want to have to put poison down.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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11 Responses to Rethinking the bokashi

  1. Linda Penney says:

    Thank you for your time Helen lovely update blessings

  2. pobept says:

    Rat hole…. Mmmmm…. a small stick of dynamite comes to mind.
    Happy Gardening

  3. Clare Pooley says:

    That sounds like a good plan. The rat is only interested in any food scraps it can find so the fewer there are the better. The cold weather is probably a factor as well. Rats tend to stay closer to human habitation in freezing weather.

  4. Those 4 legged critters adore the bokasi mix. Shame that you have to reduce it .. Iā€™m going to bury a bin or two today. šŸ™‚

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