After waxing lyrical about my bokashi composting system in the early days, I am now ready to accept its downside and move on. The final straw came this morning when I emptied the bottom of the regular compost bin to put the contents in the top.
I’d already noticed that the compost was being pushed out the hatch at the bottom of the bin: a telltale sign of rats. In the past, it has seemed safe to put bokashi solids in the bin at this time of year, so needless to say I was both surprised and disappointed.
I was even more disappointed when I saw
the rat’s entrance tunnel. I’d put bokashi solids in the ground next to the bin in preparation for the black currant bush I’m moving in the autumn. But it looks as though these have been gobbled down, unless the weight of the bin on top of the soil has simply caused the area to sink.
Now, to be fair, a lot of the contents from the bokashi over the last four and a half years have gone in the soil and not been eaten by hungry rodents. Likewise, the last batch of bokashi solids I dropped in the compost bin attracted no untoward attention. However, my overriding sentiment is that I’m throwing good money away, since the fermenter has cost me about £20 a year.
Incidentally, the company I was buying from seems to have ceased trading. Certainly, their website no longer seems to exist and they haven’t replied to my email enquiring if they are still selling their goods. So, by switching to a different way of processing any kitchen waste, I am not depriving them of an income.
Anyway, after much thought, I’ve decided the next kitchen waste composting system I get will be a Green Johanna. The bin is on the expensive side, so I hope it will last many years. On the other hand, as with the bokashi system, I will be able to compost all food waste (apart from bones) and unlike the bokashi, the Green Johanna will produce finished compost. So, no rat risk.
Has any used a Green Johanna and if so, how have you found it?