The 'Earth Probiotic' Bokashi Kitchen Composting Kit is big enough for a household of up to 5 people. The single 20 Lt bucket is black (made from 70% post consumer recycled plastic) and comes complete with a lid, tap and internal strainer (the strainer is made from from 100% recycled polypropylene). A comprehensive instruction manual is also included as well as 700g bokashi bran packaged in a 2.5L container (this can be reused as a food waste collection container in the kitchen). The Bokashi Kitchen Composting kits are only available for personal collection from our home office in Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria.
[The 700g Bokashi Bran container should last a household of 5 people around 1-1.5 months. Earth Probiotics Bokashi Bran contains wheat bran, molasses and Probiotics (EM or Efficient Microbes)]
Bokashi Kitchen Composting
A revolutionary fermentation process that turns your kitchen waste into a rich soil conditioner.
The Bokashi Bucket is a practical and convenient alternative for transforming kitchen waste into a nutrient rich soil conditioner. This unique composting system uses the revolutionary EM (Effective Micro-Organism) Bokashi to create the ideal conditions for airtight (anaerobic) composting.
Great for houses, the eco-friendly Bokashi Bucket and EM Bokashi eliminate the odors and unpleasantness associated with putrefaction and decay.
You can compost almost every kitchen food waste in your Bokashi Bucket including fruit and vegetables, prepared foods, cooked and uncooked meats and fish, cheese, eggs, bread, coffee grinds, tea bags, wilted flowers and tissues. .
- ALL kitchen refuse can be put into the bokashi system, even fish, meat, cheese, and small bones.
- There is no odor as there is no oxygen to react with the scraps and the lid on the bucket is air-tight.
- Since you are not putting the raw kitchen refuse into a compost making system outdoors, you don’t have to worry about bugs, or animals digging up the refuse. The finished product that you ultimately put into your garden or compost mixture is already pickled so it doesn’t attract bugs or animals.
- The bokashi method is much faster. The resulting product is ready within three weeks of when you finish filling the bucket.
- The liquid resulting from the process is excellent for your plants when mixed with water in a 1:100 ratio.
- You reduce the amount of refuse you put in the local landfills. This not only helps the landfills, but it can save you money.
- As with a wormery, you can also use the bokashi bran mix to ferment dog feces, but you must first mix the feces with other organic matter. Do this separately from the bokashi you will be using for your vegetable garden. After it has fermented, bury it under about 8 inches of soil in your ornamental garden.
- If you have a cat litter box, the addition of a little of the bokashi bran mixture to the cat litter each week will reduce the odors and is not harmful to the cats. The resulting litter can be processed the same way as dog feces and, after it is fermented, it can be buried in your ornamental garden.
- Your bokashi bran mixture will last for many years if kept in a dry place out of direct sunlight.
Bokashi - How to:
- Simply place your kitchen waste into the bucket and then sprinkle a hand full of EM Bokashi Bran over the waste.
- Repeat this layering process until the Bokashi Bucket is full.
- Drain off liquid (Bokashi juice) as necessary.
Once the bucket is full to capacity, the waste can be buried. If you have two Bokashi Buckets, begin the process again in your second bucket. Let the waste from the first Bokashi Bucket continue to ferment for 7 days or for any additional length of time. Then, bury the waste and wash out Bokashi Bucket ready to use when your second Bokashi Bucket is full. If you have only one Bokashi Bucket the waste can be buried as soon as it is full, obviously the waste on the top has not had much or any chance to ferment, even so, the waste will still break down quickly because of the micro-organisms mixed in.
With two Bokashi Buckets the waste gets extra time to ferment, you will get more of the valuable Bokashi Juice and it is more convenient, however, this wonderful composting system will still work with just one Bokashi Bucket.
Bokashi Compost will look different to other compost that has decayed. As the food waste does not breakdown or decompose while it is in the bucket, much of its original physical properties will remain and it will have a pickled appearance. Breakdown of waste will occur after it has been transferred to the soil.
Burying Your Bokashi
Burying Bokashi Compost in the garden will supply the plants with a nourishing food source and condition your soil with enriching microbes.
- Dig a hole, add your fermented Bokashi Compost, mix with some soil and cover. Leave for 2-3 weeks before planting.
- If you are low on garden space you can create a Bokashi Compost Heap, by burying a large bottomless bucket with lid.
- You can also use your Bokashi Compost in planter boxes, tubs or pots by placing it directly into the container for further fermentation.
- You can even feed the fermeted Bokashi Compost to your worm farm if you have one.
As the kitchen waste starts to ferment, Bokashi Juice will form in the bottom of the bucket. This should be drained off as it builds up.
- Bokashi Juice can be diluted with water (1:100) and makes a terrific fertiliser for garden or pot plants.
- It can be poured down drains to clean them and it is safe to use in septic tanks.
When used in drains it will help to clean up our water ways by competing with harmful bacteria.