Easy Kitchen Composting
This practical, hygienic, convenient system is designed to be used in the kitchen to convert food waste into a rich juice and nourishing compost for the garden, effectively creating fertiliser from food waste.The Bokashi bucket is the size of a 20litre pail and will fit in some under sink spaces, it doesn’t in my kitchen but I am happy to have it in the garage which is just through a door and much more convenient than the compost bin.
Food is layered in the bucket with Bokashi mix which is added each time food is placed in the bucket. It is a mixture of wheat bran, rice husks and microbes (all natural lactic acid bacteria, yeasts, photosynthetic bacteria and fungi) which ferment the food in the airtight bucket. The food doesn’t actually decompose in the bucket but reduces in volume and the water content drains through the grate at the bottom of the bucket creating bokashi juice. This juice is bursting with microbes and is fantastic to dilute and use in the garden or on potted plants but it can also be used in toilets and drains to reduce harmful bacteria.When the bucket is full the waste is transferred outside and buried beneath the soil to complete the composting process, breakdown is rapid due to the microbes present in the mix.
The benefits of this system are that it composts all kitchen waste hygienically and without unpleasant odours and is suitable for use indoors. By directing food waste away from landfill it means your kitchen bin stays fresher, no greenhouse gases are released as little heat is generated and it is much simpler and quicker than conventional composting.
How much Bokashi mix do I use?
Just a light sprinkle over the top of the waste in the bucket, covering the surface.
What can I compost in the bucket?
Just about all kitchen waste (fruit & Veg, egg, fish & meat ,citrus, bread & cereals, cooked & uncooked food, processed food, tea bags,tea leaves, coffee grounds, onions, garlic).Just avoid large bones and excessive amounts of liquid and dog and cat poo
How often do I need to add Bokashi mix to the bucket?
Usually once a day but only when you are adding food to the bucket.
How long will it take to fill the bucket?
Most households take about 3-4 weeks to fill the bucket
How much liquid will I get from the bucket?
This depends on the type of waste you have- lots of fruit will produce more than cooked food. The liquid should be drained off regularly before the bucket is full in most cases, there is a tap in the liquid reservoir to facilitate this.
The waste hasn’t broken down in the bucket. What’s wrong?
The Bokashi bucket will not decompose the material in the bucket but rather ferments or “pickles”it. The physical breakdown of the material into humus only happens when the material is put in the soil. Once the waste is buried the breakdown into humus will take only a couple of weeks depending on soil temperature.
What if I go on holidays?
Simply drain the liquid from the bucket, make sure the waste has a cover of microbe mix and the lid is firmly sealed. the microbes will keep the mix odour free whilst you are gone.
How can I order more Bokashi mix?
Online at www.gardenersdirect.com.au or phone 9307 1896. It can be added to your garden product order for delivery or sent by post.
Where can I get more information?
You can call us for advice during office hours (08) 9307 1896.
Do the buckets come in any other colours?
Yes they are available in Tan with green lid, black or white. We don’t always have all of them in stock but they are readily available.When purchasing a bucket it comes as a kit with 4 litres of mix, a measure and a masher to firm waste down.
Is fermenting good for the environment?
Fermenting waste is better than composting as it retains all of the energy and most of the nutrients of the waste . Greenhouse gas emissions are greatly reduced during fermentation and there are no insect or rodent problems. The end product like compost is extremely as a soil conditioner and fertilizer. The process also retains all the energy and water.
What can I do with the material when the bucket is full?
Bury the contents directly into the garden using a different place each time you empty the bucket.Alternatively waste can be put in a worm farm , just give small amounts to begin with until they get used to it or it can also be added to an outside compost bin.
Are the microbes in the Bokashi mix safe?
The type of microbes used are those already found in many types of food including chesses, wines and yoghurts and they are produced in Australia.So they are “beneficial microbes”.