When I first learned about the no-dig technique, I wasn’t ready to take it on board. Then I moved up a notch and with my hugel beds in situ, there is little chance of my being able to dig approximately half the garden now.
However, processing food waste with a bokashi bin does require that I do some digging in order to deposit the contents when they are ‘ready’. At least, at this time of year, I need to dig the Jerusalem artichokes up, so this is an ideal opportunity to off-load bokashi solids.
I am aware that a certain amount of digging is good physical exercise but I am concerned about the damage I do to the soil and creatures within it. On Monday, the Jerusalem artichoke patch seemed to be teeming with worms, but yesterday when I finished off the job I wondered if the numbers had dwindled. Of course, this may not be the case but I did unfortunately kill a few inadvertently with my spade and no doubt the blackbirds will have had a meal or two of them.
Perhaps the solution is a Green Johanna, which apparently composts food along with garden waste. I could then put the contents of the bokashi bin in there rather than digging a trench for them. Alternatively, I could do away with the bokashi system, although I do like to have the liquid fertiliser it produces.
Anyway, food for thought!