We are always being asked what to do with Bokashi Compost when it has finished pickling and how long it then takes to break down. This is a bit like one of those ‚ÄòHow long is a piece of string?‚Äô questions, but in a spirit of scientific exploration we decided to set up an experiment to find out.
First of all, don your white lab coat and the nerdy scientist‚Äôs specs, and pick up your clipboard. Now you can start the experiment...
When your bin is full, drain off any Bokashi Juice and feed to your plants or smelly drains (you might want to measure the quantity).
Seal your bokashi bin and leave it to ferment. Drain off any liquid in this time.
After 2 weeks it‚Äôs ready! Open it up and have a look. Is there any mould, if so what colour is it?
Now decide on your next step, here are some ideas:
- Put it in your wormery (perhaps just half of the bin or less if your worms aren‚Äôt used to it.)
- Put in your compost bin or heap (will you mix it in spread it in layers or just up-end the bucket, no doubt losing the sump at the same time ‚Äì well that‚Äôs what happens with mine!)
- Dig it into your garden. Again you can experiment with depths (although at least deep is recommended), layering or mixing it in).
Now it‚Äôs up to you to check it monthly, or more often and see what happens. Let us know your results.
Now if this was a really truly scientific experiment, we‚Äôd have weighed and noted the exact contents of the kitchen waste we were putting in to begin with, not to mention the amount of Bokashi Active Bran added as well. We‚Äôd probably record the air temperature where we left it to ferment, and for sure, we‚Äôd make sure we had a control bucket too, full of un-Bokashi‚Äôd waste.
We haven‚Äôt, but that doesn‚Äôt mean that you shouldn‚Äôt.
Here are some sites that you might want to take a look at to see how other people's experiments are going: The Wiggly Wigglers Facebook Group
Simon Sherlock‚Äôs blog