Bokashi Update | Convenience, Smell, Fertiliser and Tips

Updated: Jul 8

I'm writing an update on what I experienced after using my bokashi for a few months month now.


Convenience


The system is really easy to use and extremely convenient in dealing with any kind of food waste. I've been able to throw food scraps in there despite what kind of food it is.


Smell


It sits on my kitchen tabletop without emitting any smells unless it's opened.

Bokashi bran covering food in bokashi bin
Cover thoroughly with bokashi bran after adding food.

When it's opened, it should smell just like the bokashi bran and disappear when the lid is closed again.


If it smells bad then rectify this by making sure to cover with a decent amount of bokashi bran every time you add scraps. Like in the picture shown.




Fertiliser


I have harvested the leachate many times, at least once a week. I've always diluted and seen benefits in the growth of my plants after using it. Like for example some of my dormant seeds sprouted after the first time I used this fertiliser.

There was one time, however, I didn't dilute it enough and it almost ruined my plant. The plant was limp but then it recovered after a few days.


Make sure to dilute the leachate a lot! At least 1:20.





Tips:

  • Dilute leachate at least 1:20 times!

  • Make sure the lid is closed tightly after using it, otherwise the food won't decompose properly.

  • Keep the bokashi bran tucked away in the cupboard, to avoid a vinegar-like smell in the kitchen.

  • Cover with a sufficient amount of bokashi bran each time.





What's next?


I'm going to mix the bokashi with garden lime and feed to the worm bin. This way my food scraps will turn into extremely rich worm castings.


I'm also going to attempt to create compost by digging it into some coconut coir mixed with worm castings and see if it will turn to soil.





Click the link to see the bokashi bin I bought on Amazon