Kate’s Bokashi bucket

Photo: bobocreek.blogspot.com

Bokashi buckets come in all shapes and sizes. They look different in every country, and wherever you go people are finding cool ways of making their own. I thought it would be fun to pick a few and do a little show-and-tell here — a big thank you to the creative guys out there who have come up with so many practical, cost-effective solutions.

There are two basic criteria that you cannot compromise on: a Bokashi bucket must be airtight. And it must be drained properly.

Commercial buckets make this easy: there’s usually a built-in tap for draining the fluid, a little drainage platform inside, and a thoroughly airtight lid. You usually get two of them at once, which makes rotation easy. In Asia, New Zealand and other places a double bucket system is used: one bucket fits tightly inside the other, and the inside bucket has a lot of small holes to drain the liquid. We’ll take a look at that later. Also how you can make a Bokashi bucket using newspaper to soak up the fluid.

First up, here’s Kate’s Bokashi bucket. Kate’s blog is worth a read, she and her family are preparing to move from the inner city (Sydney) out to the Australian bush. They’re starting up a permaculture farm, no small task but hugely rewarding judging by their enthusiasm. So for those of you who think it’s hard work digging down a Bokashi bucket into your garden, spare a thought for Kate, she’s lugging them all the way out to their new property!

Kate’s basic idea is to take a bucket, screw in a tap, and make an internal drainage plate. She got a couple of tight-fitting buckets from “reverse garbage” and used the spare lid to create a raised drainage plate. Seems to work fine. She also made her own Bokashi bran herself, but you can always just buy that straight from a supplier. A bag really lasts quite a while and in the great scheme of things doesn’t cost terribly much. But whatever works for you.

Anyway check this out and we’ll be back soon with more creative ideas from Bokashi fans round the world!

Read Kate’s blog on how she made her own Bokashi bucket!

Dog poo + Bokashi = true!

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You read right, dog poo makes great Bokashi. At least that’s according to Sarhn McArthur who lives in Sydney with a couple of dogs, a townhouse and a courtyard. And the courtyard, of course, gets scattered with dog poo at regular intervals.

You can read more about how she deals with it in her blog here, but basically she’s set up a special Bokashi bin for the dogs. A normal bucket with an airtight lid would do the trick. Line it with a newspaper torn in half to soak up any potential liquid (not necessarily needed). You could also line the whole bin with a biodegradable bag if you wanted to reduce the ick factor.

Fill the bucket gradually with dog poo, sprinkling regularly with Bokashi. Let it do its work. Then when it’s had time to ferment use the contents in your garden. NOT anywhere where food is going to grow. But its ideal as a bottom fertiliser layer in an outdoor planter, or when you’re renovating a patch of garden bed ready for replanting. Or whatever.

Sahrn makes it easy and judging by her photos it works fantastically well. She just fills the pot with fermented dog poo, scoops out a hole for the plant to go in, pops in the plant and covers over a bit with potting soil so it all looks nice. And bingo, you have a healthy fantastic plant!

Yep, I can understand this maynot be something that suits everyone but our dogs are going to do their business whether we like it or not. It certainly makes more sense to use it this way than filling a lot of small plastic doggy bags and sending them off to landfill. To throw away what is after all, a god-given fertiliser.

Cool idea Sahrn! Local recycling at best!